Russia to Reinstate Death Penalty
The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation is likely to review the issue of reinstating capital punishment at the November 3, 2009 Plenum session.
VLADIVOSTOK. October 31. VOSTOK-MEDIA - The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation is likely to review the issue of reinstating capital punishment at the November 3, 2009 Plenum session, as a follow-up on reintroduction of jury trials, reports press service of the Constitutional Court.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court filed a request with the RF Constitutional Court for official interpretation of Article No. 5 of the Provisions of the Constitutional Court Ruling dated February 2, 1999 on the subject whether death penalty may be imposed as a punishment.
“In view of the emergency and overwhelming significance of the issue at question, the decision to put the request under consideration is likely to be made as soon as the next plenary session scheduled on November 3. If the Constitution Court agrees to accept the request for review the issue will be debated in an open plenary session.” – the official website of the Constitutional Court says.
It will be recalled that the RF Constitutional Court set a moratorium on the death penalty on February 2, 1999 and decreed that death sentences would not be handed down until jury courts were introduced in all Russian territories. At present, the Chechen Republic is the only Russian region in which court by jury does not yet operate. The introduction of jury courts in the Chechen Republic is scheduled on 1st January, 2010. Therefore all technical barriers to restore capital punishment in Russia will be removed since the beginning of 2010.
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