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EU rejects Poland call to reinstate death penalty

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] has rejected a call by Polish President Lech Kaczynski [official profile] to review the EU ban on capital punishment [JURIST news archive], European Commission [official website] spokesman Steffan de Rynck said Wednesday. Kaczynski urged the EU to reconsider the death penalty [BBC report] last Friday, even though the EU requires abolition of capital punishment for EU membership.

Kaczynski said that the death penalty ban gives an "unimaginable advantage to the perpetrator over the victim." The League of Polish Families [party website; Wikipedia backgrounder], a nationalist minority party, has launched a campaign to reinstate the death penalty [Polskie Radio report] for pedophile murderers. BBC News has more.

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