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Dmitry Medvedev submitted to the State Duma a draft law introducing milder restraint measures for persons suspected and accused of crimes suffering from illness

September 13, 2010

The draft federal law makes amendments to the Russian Federation Criminal Procedure Code and the Federal Law On Detention of Persons Suspected or Accused of Committing Crimes.

The draft law aims at guaranteeing the constitutional rights to protection of life and health of persons suspected or accused of committing crimes.

The relevant articles in the Criminal Procedure Code contain provisions allowing imposition of milder restraint measures. A number of circumstances may also be considered when applying a restraint, including physical condition of the suspect or defendant resulting from a serious illness. However, the current legislation does not specify the exact grounds for taking milder measures.

The draft law would amend the Criminal Procedure Code making it possible to take measures other than detention in custody if the person suspected or accused of a crime is found to have an illness incompatible with detention in custody. Such an illness should be certified by a medical diagnosis made following the necessary medical examinations.

The Government will draft and approve a list of serious illnesses and procedures for medical examination and official diagnosis.

September 13, 2010