MPs from the governing Fidesz and opposition Jobbik are in a drive to reinstate the death penalty following a high-profile crime in which a 25-year-old police psychologist was raped and strangled in Pécs, south Hungary.
“Events of recent years and especially of recent days have proved that in order to protect society capital punishment must be reinstituted. The counterarguments that wish to assert that the state has no right to take a human life are unacceptable. [...] if an individual has the right to defend themselves [...] how is it possible that the state does not have the necessary tool that ensures it can impose capital punishment on criminals that lost all their humanity” Smallholder MPs sitting in the Fidesz faction said in a statement.
Radical nationalist opposition party Jobbik also released a statement saying the party would initiate talks with the government on the death penalty, hoping that this time government parties would be more open to the issue that has long been advocated by Jobbik.
Earlier this year the party urged the government to make Hungary the first European country to restore capital punishment.
While the death penalty has a number of advocates within the core group of Fidesz MPs, an unnamed government source talking to Index.hu in June said “the moral standing of those MPs who broach this issue for short-term political gains is highly questionable.”
He added the these statements cannot be regarded as real proposals because Hungary has signed EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, which clearly state that “no one shall be condemned to the death penalty, or executed.” [index.hu]