Polish far-right wants capital punishment to return – EURACTIV.com

The far-right Confederation party calls for the reinstatement of the death penalty for high treason. “This is very necessary, given the nature and pace of contemporary conflicts,” said Jakub Kulesza, head of the Confederation’s parliamentary group, adding that the 10-year prison sentences for the crime were “ludicrous”.

The party’s request is the reaction to last Friday’s report by the Belarusian National Borders Committee (GPK) regarding a Polish soldier serving at the border who sought asylum in Belarus. The former soldier will be tried for desertion and Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has already sacked his military commanders.

“At the Belarusian border, we are seeing a front-end situation. In such a situation, when the war takes place not only at the level of direct military actions but also in the media, in the space of information and propaganda, acts like this must be punished with the utmost severity, ”said Confederation MP Robert. Winnicki.

“We demand the reinstatement of the capital punishment for high treason, for desertion, because a defector can do more damage than a thousand soldiers of the adversary”, underlined Kulesza.

Poland abolished the death penalty in 1998. The Catholic Church, with which most members of the Polish far right identify, strongly opposes the death penalty. Pope Francis described it in 2018 as “an unacceptable attack on human dignity”.

(Aleksandra Krzysztoszek | EURACTIV.pl)

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