RUSSIA: UPPER HOUSE SPEAKER DOESNâ€™T SUPPORT DEATH PENALTY FOR TERRORISTS
March 31, 2010: Sergei Mironov, speaker of the Federation Council upper house of Russian parliament, does not support death penalty for terrorists. He argued that because of blunders in a number of judicial processes, innocent people may be sentenced to death.
Mironov told reporters, â€śThe proposal of Lyskov, the chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Judicial and Legal Affairs, for death penalty for terrorists whose actions caused many deaths is his personal opinion.â€ť
The speaker made assurances that â€śsuch legislative initiatives are not envisagedâ€ť in the Federation Council and â€śthere is no working group on the matter.â€ť
As to Mironovâ€™s personal stand, it â€śremains constant: punishment must be unavoidable.â€ť
The speaker holds that there must be life imprisonment for criminals instead of death penalty, and there must be a supplement to legislation precluding pardon. Life imprisonment â€śshould not be mitigated for any reason, including ill health,â€ť Mironov added.
He also pointed out that because of blunders in a number of judicial processes, innocent people may be sentenced to death. (Sources: ITAR-TASS, 31/03/2010)