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Amnesty International criticises Slota's stance on death penalty

Amnesty International Slovakia (AIS) has welcomed Prime Minister Robert Fico’s criticism of SNS chairman Ján Slota's statements calling for discussions on capital punishment in Europe.

Amnesty International Slovakia (AIS) has welcomed Prime Minister Robert Fico’s criticism of SNS chairman Ján Slota's statements calling for discussions on capital punishment in Europe.

Slota made the statement in reference to Antonín Novak, a Slovak who has been charged with the rape and murder of a 9-year-old boy in the Czech Republic.

"The death penalty is an irreversible and inhumane punishment, often misused by its advocates for creating the illusion of tough action against violence. It has never been proven that it has a higher preventive effect than life imprisonment," reads a statement by AIS director Branislav Tichý.

Tichý said judicial error and politically-motivated judgments have occurred in the past.

"Money spent on executions could be used more effectively: on systematic prevention, investigations and the punishment of malefactors, or - as the case of Antonín N. has shown - the setting up of detention facilities for incurable wrongdoers," stated Tichý. TASR

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