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Ukrainian communists suggest restoring death penalty

March 19, 2012, 18:35 UTC+3
Parliament Speaker said that one more draft law has been registered and it proposes life imprisonment for premeditated murder
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KIEV, March 19 (Itar-Tass) —— The Communist Party faction in the Ukrainian parliament has suggested restoring death penalty in the country.

The faction proposed that the parliament debate the relevant draft law this week.

“The majority of voters I met demand that the question of death penalty in Ukraine be solved,” Communist Party leader Pyotr Simonenko said on Monday, March 19.

Parliament Speaker Vladimir Litvin said that one more draft law has been registered and it proposes life imprisonment for premeditated murder.

He asked the MPs to find such solution that would not be challenged by the Constitutional Court in the future.

Death penalty was abolished in Ukraine in 1999 even though no executions were carried out from 1997. This was done by the Constitutional Court without adopting a special law.

Since then society has been debating whether or not it is legitimate to take a person’s life. Opponents of death penalty say that the Communist Party’s initiative will not get the support of the majority of MPs.

In order to restore death penalty, Ukraine has to revise three agreements with the European Union. However this may result in Ukraine’s expulsion from the Council of Europe.

 

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