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22.12.2003

The number of serious crimes in Ukraine has not changed since the abolition of the death penalty

   

This information was communicated today by Valeria Lutkovska, a deputy of the Minister of Justice of Ukraine, at the meeting with the delegation of the Supreme Court of Poland.

By the words of V. Lutkovska, there are no proofs that the number of grave crimes is less, if the criminal legislation is severer. «However, the main positive result is the fact that the state stopped to be a potential murderer», declared Ms. Lutkovska. She also pointed out that «the main problem in Ukraine is not the severity of punishment, but the prevention of recidivism».

Secretariat of the Council of Ukrainian human rights protecting organizations

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