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Slovaks favor capital punishment

TOUGH penalties for criminals are popular in Slovakia. A poll carried out by the MVK agency for the SME daily showed that 61.7 percent of respondents were in favor of reintroducing capital punishment. Roughly 80 percent said they welcomed last year’s introduction of the “three strikes you’re out” system, which puts serious repeat offenders behind bars for life.

The death penalty in Slovakia was cancelled in 1990. Richard Fides, a spokesperson for the Justice Ministry, said that Slovakia’s membership in the Council of Europe prohibits the state from reintroducing capital punishment into its laws.

The last criminal executed in Slovakia was Štefan Svitek, whom psychologists classified a psychopath. The repeat offender was put to death on June 8, 1989, for the brutal rape and murder of his two daughters and pregnant wife.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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