Approximately 2 percent of people who were convicted of having perpetrated a crime – 622 individuals – did not receive sentences from the courts in 2009, according to statistics released by the Slovak Justice Ministry, the TASR newswire reported.
This is primarily applied to female and juvenile lawbreakers, as 383 women and 88 youths are included in the figure, TASR wrote, while a total of nearly 31,000 people were sentenced last year.
Slovakia's Criminal Act stipulates that perpetrators are eligible to receive mercy from the courts if they have confessed to the crime, feel remorse and a changed behaviour indicates that the court proceedings are sufficient. There are additional court-ordered conditions which convicted persons must comply with, TASR noted.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Jul 2010 at 10:00