Document - Republic of Latvia: Further information on death penalty: Imants Punenovs, Andris Alksars
EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: EUR 52/01/93
28 January 1993
Further information on EXTRA 93/92 (EUR 52/05/92, 4 November 1992) - Death Penalty
REPUBLIC OF LATVIA:Imants PUNENOVS
Amnesty International has learned that Imants Punenovs and Andris Alksars have had their death sentences commuted. The Latvian newspaper Diena has reported that the Presidium of the Supreme Council decided to commute the two death sentences on 7 January 1993. Diena also reported that the Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, which examines petitions for clemency, had received at least 2,000 letters from around the world urging the abolition of the death penalty in Latvia.
No further action is required from the Urgent Action network. Thank you to all those who sent appeals on behalf of the two men.