Health Minister Rath supports death penalty
Health Minister David Rath who is the election leader of the senior
governing Social Democrats (CSSD) in Prague supports the reintroduction of death
penalty in the Czech Republic, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes writes in its Prague
Before the June 2-3 elections to the Chamber of Deputies, the daily put ten
questions to each of the Prague election leaders of the five parties that have a
chance of entering the lower parliamentary house, with one of the questions
concerning the death penalty.
Rath was the only of the 5 election leaders to answer affirmatively when
asked whether the death penalty should be reintroduced in the CzechRepublic due
to such people as the perpetrator of a recent series of murders without motives
in Czech forests that stirred the public opinion.
The Prague election leaders of the senior opposition Civic Democrats (ODS),
the Communists (KSCM), the Greens and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) answered negatively.
The death penalty was abolished in the former Czechoslovakia in 1990.
Sentences of 15 to 25 years in prison and life imprisonment are considered
exceptional punishments. The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms that is
part of the Czech Constitution bans the reinstallation of the death
(source: Czech Happenings)