News Local Akel MP pushing for minimum 'non-parole period' for offenders

Akel MP pushing for minimum ‘non-parole period’ for offenders

Akel MP Irene Charalambidou is spearheading changes in the law so that convicts serve a minimum set time in prison before they are eligible for parole.

The proposed change follows a spate of early releases of VIP prisoners by the parole board, including former deputy attorney general Rikkos Erotokritou and former Paphos mayors Savvas Vergas and Phidias Sarikas,  following an amendment to the law allowing for early release for good behaviour.

The early releases prompted a public outcry and led attorney general Costas Clerides in September to call for corrective measures. He said at the time that the Parole Board had been set up to offer convicts the prospect of parole under conditions, after a certain period.

Instead, as a result of the amended legislation, convicts that have been convicted for serious criminal offences including corruption, are being released before they have served half their sentence.

Charalambidou told Phileleftheros that she has briefed the party’s parliamentary spokesman so that an amendment to the law can be submitted the soonest possible.

The aim is to  ‘put right’ issues that have come to the fore from what she described as the lack of homogeneity in the decisions of the Parole Board.

Charalambidou said criminal experts had helped her in studying the issue, adding that academics and judges have responded positively to the proposed change.

The Council of Europe encourages two basic preconditions are met before parole is granted : mandatory sentencing and a non-parole period, she added.

Rad more

Top Stories

Call centre for those who cannot access 8998 service

A call centre has been set up for those who cannot use the 8998 SMS service to obtain permission to leave the house under...

Sales of motor vehicles drop by 36% due to coronavirus outbreak

Sale of motor vehicles in March dropped by 36.2% year on year in March affected by containment measures implemented by the government to curb...

Malta and Cyprus will have Europe’s lowest Covid death rate, study finds

Malta and Cyprus will have the lowest death toll among European countries during the 'first wave' of the Covid-19 pandemic with 19 and 54...

All but one on private jets were medical cases, says ministry

All but one of the passengers who repatriated to Cyprus in private jets were patients who were being transferred from hospitals abroad, the permanent...

Heavy rain, hailstorm lash Nicosia (photos)

Heavy rain and hail lashed Nicosia around midday on Thursday, as the Met Office issued a yellow alert warning of thunderstorms. The alert is in...


Koulouri – finger bread

Thrash (or blend in a mixer) the mastic with the sugar and the mahlepi (if you can’t find it already pounded). Sift the flour...

Gopa with aubergine dip

Preheat the oven to 200°C and pierce the aubergines with a fork or skewer in several places. Cook in the oven till they soften,...

Cyprus coffee

Cyprus coffee is a dark concoction and supplies a rapid caffeine kick to its drinker. Usually, its consumption is a social event. No one...

Stuffed vine leaves without meat

(Dolmadakia gialantzi) Rinse the leaves and boil in salted water for approximately 10 minutes until soft. Drain and place in some cold water with ice...