PM: Death penalty should be kept on agenda

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A life sentence is not deterrent enough, as such, the death penalty needs to be kept on the agenda, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a press conference today in Pécs, in reference to the murder that took place in Kaposvár last week in a tobacco shop, according to news reports said.

The prime minister said that it needs to be made clear to criminals that Hungary will do everything in its power to protect its citizens.

However, “the European Union holds a strong and principled position against the death penalty; its abolition is a key objective of the Union’s human rights policy. Abolition is, of course, also a pre-condition for entry into the Union,” the European External Action Service says on its website.

Criminologist Katalin Gönczöl told Hungarian online daily origo.hu that it has not been proven anywhere in the world that the death penalty would be a great enough deterrent to decrease criminal activity, hence the serious debates on the issue world wide.

A year ago, Orbán said in an interview with state-owned Kossuth radio that he believes the death penalty is in fact enough to disuade criminals, however, the European Union is clearly against this form of punishment.

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