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The amnesty law is coming into force in Ukraine from February 17

February 16, 2014, 22:20 UTC+3 KIEV
The protesters have fulfilled a number of conditions necessary to give effect to this law
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KIEV, February 16, 23:12 /ITAR-TASS/. The amnesty law is coming into force in Ukraine from February 17 after the protesters in Kiev have fulfilled a number of conditions necessary to give effect to this law, the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office said in a statement posted on its official website on Sunday.

"According to information from Ukraine's Ministry of the Interior, the Securiy Service, and local government bodies, the participants in mass protest actions have really performed the aggregate of actions listed in Article 9 of the (Amnesty) Law. In view of the publication of this announcrment, the said Law is brought into effect from February 17, 2014", said in a statement.

The law exempts from criminal prosecution and punishment people accused of committing offences in the period from December 27, 2013 to February 2, 2014 during mass street protests. Moreover, when the law comes into force criminal cases on the above charges are to be dropped and those who were already arrested will be released.

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