Amnestia i jej konstytucyjne uwarunkowania
Amnesty and its Constitutional Considerations
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The article establishes the meaning of the concept of amnesty and provides characteristics of the act of amnesty. The author proves that, despite the fact that the Constitution lacks the provision relating explicitly to the possibility of adoption of the amnesty law by the parliament. Article 10 in conjunction with Article 173 and Article 175 para. 1 of the Constitution are no obstacle in this respect. He also points to, inter alia, the doubts as to whether amnesty may be extended to include disciplinary penalties, and demonstrates the inadmissibility of the inclusion in the amnesty law of regulation involving the conversion of legally imposed penalties on another, more lenient, punishment. Moreover, the author claims that the interest of the victim is not — in principle — an obstacle to grant amnesty. However, amnesty should not interfere in civil-law interests of the victim that are included in the fi nal judgment.
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