KIEV, January 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian parliament speaker Vladimir Rybak told a news conference on Thursday that he had signed a draft law providing amnesty to protesters detained during recent unrest in Ukraine.
Now it must be signed into law by President Viktor Yanukovich.
The bill envisages a pardon for all people who took part in riots during mass anti-government demonstrations in Ukraine except for those who committed grave crimes. Under the document, protesters should vacate state institutions they seized in Kiev and other regions of the country within 15 days.
“The passing of the law will make it possible to exempt from criminal responsibility and an administrative arrest participants in peaceful rallies, to prevent their persecution and punishment, as well as will create a legal framework for a free-will and peaceful settlement of existing internal conflicts and standoffs,” the explanatory note to the document said.
The bill was passed in parliament late on Wednesday without discussion.