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Mon Nov 22 22:49:13 CST 2004
Lawmakers bid to end nation's death penalty
Representative Yoo Ihn-tae of the governing Uri Party yesterday submitted
a bill that seeks to abolish the death penalty. The bill is sponsored by a
bipartisan group of 150 lawmakers.
The legislation would end capital punishment, stipulated in Korea's
criminal codes, and replace the death penalty with life-term imprisonment
without the possibility of either parole or a pardon.
Mr. Yoo said the bill is likely to pass the National Assembly because more
than half of the 151 members of the Uri Party support it, and the
10-member Democratic Labor Party is also backing the change.
The Uri Party holds a simple majority in the 299-seat National Assembly.
Strong opposition, however, is expected from both the legal community and
(source: JoongAng Daily)
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