Vučić:”I will ask the government to bring back death penalty”

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said that, upon his return from Paris, he would send a written request to the Government to take into consideration sending to the Parliament changes and amendments to the Criminal Code, which stipulate the death penalty for murderers like those who killed 2-year-old Danka Ilić.

He is also going to ask the Government to discuss the matter with the Council of Europe, to see if it is possible to reintroduce the death penalty but without Serbia suffering consequences because of that choice.

​​More than half of people in Serbia support the death penalty and one in four is against it, according to the 2021 survey of the Serbia Against the Death Penalty Association.

Among those who are in favour of this punishment, 35 percent strongly support it.

The death penalty has the least support among highly educated people – it is supported by only 21 percent of respondents who are high school or university graduates.

The maximum sentence in Serbia at the moment is life in prison. It was introduced in 2019 at the suggestion of the Tijana Jurić Foundation, which is named after a fifteen-year-old girl who was raped and killed in the summer of 2014 in Bajmok, Vojvodina.

The death penalty in Serbia was abolished on February 26th, 2002. The last person who was sentenced to death was Johan Drozdek from Sombor, who was sentenced in 1988 for the rape of a six-year-old girl. The penalty was executed by a firing squad.

(Vreme, 07.04.2024)


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