At least two people were sentenced to death. In September Maris Gailis replaced Valdis Birkavs as Prime Minister. At least two people were sentenced to death. Michael Abramkin was convicted on three counts of murder by the Latvian Supreme Court in February. The same court found Uldis Lujans guilty of aggravated murder in May. At the end of 1994 the two men were believed to be waiting to hear the outcome of petitions for clemency submitted to President Guntis Ulmanis. Reports indicated that two other death sentences may have been passed during the year. In January Amnesty International received confirmation from the Ministry of Justice that no death sentences had been passed the previous year (see Amnesty International Report 1994). In October the organization appealed to the authorities to commute the death sentences passed during 1994 and urged them to abolish the death penalty. In December Amnesty International asked the authorities for clarification of the number of people under sentence of death. No replies had been received by the end of the year.

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