Enforcement of sentences of imprisonment

The Republic of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan - Criminal Code (EN) 1999

General provision



Article 55. Imprisonment on a certain term

55.1. Imprisonment on a certain term consists in isolation of condemned from a society by his premise in establishments of a settlement type, in establishments on serving punishments of the general, strict or special mode or in prison. The persons, condemned to imprisonment, but did not reach eighteen to the moment of removal by court of a decision, shall be located in educational establishments of general or strengthened regime.

55.2. Imprisonment on the certain term is established for the term from three months up to fifteen years.

55.3. In case of replacement of public works, corrective works or restriction of freedom to imprisonment, it can be appointed for the term of and less than three months.

55.4. In case of partial or full addition of terms of imprisonment at assignment of punishments on sets of crimes, the maximal term of imprisonment there can not be more than fifteen years, or twenty years.

General provision



Article 57. Life imprisonment

57.1. Life imprisonment is determined only for commitment of serious crimes against the peace and safety of mankind, war crimes, crimes against the individuality, public safety and public order and government.

57.2. Life imprisonment is not appointed to women, persons, which at the moment of commitment of a crime did not reached age of eighteen, and also to the men who have reached to the moment of removal by court of a decision age of sixteen.

57.3. The court, taking into account the valid served period by condemned which is not less than twenty five years' of punishment period in life imprisonment, as well as not committing by condemned a deliberate crime serving punishment and coming to a conclusion about loss of necessity of the further serving of punishment, can replace life imprisonment by imprisonment with the certain term or conditionally - prescheduled to release him from this punishment.

57.4. Punishment as life imprisonment can be replaced with imprisonment for up to fifteen years, according to the article 57.3 of the present Code.

Rome Statute

Article 103 Role of States in enforcement of sentences of imprisonment


(a) A sentence of imprisonment shall be served in a State designated by the Court from a list of States which have indicated to the Court their willingness to accept sentenced persons.

(b) At the time of declaring its willingness to accept sentenced persons, a State may attach conditions to its acceptance as agreed by the Court and in accordance with this Part.

(c) A State designated in a particular case shall promptly inform the Court whether it accepts the Court's designation.


(a) The State of enforcement shall notify the Court of any circumstances, including the exercise of any conditions agreed under paragraph 1, which could materially affect the terms or extent of the imprisonment. The Court shall be given at least 45 days' notice of any such known or foreseeable circumstances. During this period, the State of enforcement shall take no action that might prejudice its obligations under article 110.

(b) Where the Court cannot agree to the circumstances referred to in subparagraph (a), it shall notify the State of enforcement and proceed in accordance with article 104, paragraph 1.

3. In exercising its discretion to make a designation under paragraph 1, the Court shall take into account the following:

(a) The principle that States Parties should share the responsibility for enforcing sentences of imprisonment, in accordance with principles of equitable distribution, as provided in the Rules of Procedure and Evidence;

(b) The application of widely accepted international treaty standards governing the treatment of prisoners;

(c) The views of the sentenced person;

(d) The nationality of the sentenced person;

(e) Such other factors regarding the circumstances of the crime or the person sentenced, or the effective enforcement of the sentence, as may be appropriate in designating the State of enforcement.

4. If no State is designated under paragraph 1, the sentence of imprisonment shall be served in a prison facility made available by the host State, in accordance with the conditions set out in the headquarters agreement referred to in article 3, paragraph 2. In such a case, the costs arising out of the enforcement of a sentence of imprisonment shall be borne by the Court.

Article 105 Enforcement of the sentence

1. Subject to conditions which a State may have specified in accordance with article 103, paragraph 1 (b), the sentence of imprisonment shall be binding on the States Parties, which shall in no case modify it.

2. The Court alone shall have the right to decide any application for appeal and revision. The State of enforcement shall not impede the making of any such application by a sentenced person.