YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenia’s National Assembly passed the bill on the general part of Armenia’s Criminal Code on Thursday.
The bill states that Armenia will no longer exile–deport–publicly censure or put to death any person convicted of any crime. The new law will only allow Armenia’s courts to fine–dispossess the right to be at a certain post or engage in definite activity–deprive a person of a special or military rank–limit his or her freedom–arrest–confiscate property and or imprison for life.
Opponents of the bill spoke out against the repealing of the death penalty. Opponents want crimes like premeditated murder or murder with aggravating circumstances to be punishable by death.
The Head of the investigation department of the Ministry of National Security and Internal Affairs Michael Grigoryan–said that the use of the death penalty in other countries has never been proven to be a deterrent to crime.