4 April 2017
Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: National News Service]
Liudmila Alekseeva commented on a statement by the leader of the Just Russia political party, Sergei Mironov, concerning his readiness to seek the imposition of the death penalty for terrorists.
The head of the Moscow Helsinki Group Liudmila Alekseeva has stated: "We cannot introduce the death penalty in our country because we do not have a just and fair justice system. Can you imagine how many people would be deprived of their lives through miscarriages of justice, due to sentences ordered by who knows what persons? At present someone might be deprived of their liberty. But as long as they are alive, the situation can be redressed. You can seek to have them released. But for our courts to make the decision whether somebody is to live or not to live!? Let Mironov experience our judicial system for himself! Maybe he would begin to understand things more clearly.”
Translated by Graham Jones