Orbán: Hungary has no plans to re-introduce death penalty

Hungary has no plans to introduce the death penalty, “it is only a matter up for debate,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told European Parliament president Martin Schulz. About it portal Politics.hu reports.

Orbán and Schulz discussed the issue over the phone, cabinet chief János Lázár said. Orbán also told European People’s Party leader Joseph Daul and group leader Manfred Weber that a debate is ongoing in Hungary about the death penalty but European Union laws will be respected, Lázár added. The cabinet chief repeated Orban’s comments in connection with the recent brutal murder of a shop assistant in Kaposvár, stating that the introduction of the “three-strikes” law and real life sentences did not have sufficient effect to prevent crime and therefore the death penalty should be “kept on the agenda”.

A day later Orbán told commercial Echo TV that a decision on the death penalty was premature, but the debate on it should continue. He said the loud critical response from Brussels showed that “some people in Brussels do not want to allow debate.”

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