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Draft amendments to Criminal Code discussed

The Justice Ministry's proposed amendments to the Criminal Code, which are believed to include reductions to prison sentences for serious crimes such as premeditated murder and rape, were the main focus of Slovak Radio's politics talk show 'Sobotné Dialogy' (Saturday Dialogues) on June 2.

MP Katarína Tóthová of the ruling coalition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia said she did not think that the Justice Ministry's amendments would reduce punishments.

MP Lucia Žitňanská of the opposition Slovak Christian and Democratic Union said that the current Criminal Code has not been in place long enough to be changed.

According to the Justice Ministry, the amendments to the Criminal Code are meant to allow judges to use their own judgment when handing down sentences in specific cases.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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