EU Rebuffs Poland on Death Penalty

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2007-09-27 18:36:46 / News read 3121 reading
The European Union rebuffed President Lech Kaczynski of Poland over his support for a return of the death penalty in the 25- nation bloc.

"The death penalty is not compatible with European values," a European Commission spokesman, Stefaan de Rynck, said at a news briefing in response to a question about Kaczynski's views on capital punishment.

Kaczynski said last week that the European Union would come to see that the death penalty was justified for murder.

"Countries who give up this penalty award an unimaginable advantage to the criminal over his victim, the advantage of life over death," he said Friday.

Kaczynski and his twin brother, Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski,have not taken any legislative steps to bring the death penalty back in Poland.On Friday their junior coalition partner, the League of Polish Families, a nationalist party, said it was going to push for a referendum on the matter.

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