CrimProf Blog

Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Switzerland activists withdraw from campaign to reinstate death penalty"

Jurist has the story.

The advocacy group did not give a reason for its sudden withdrawal from the campaign, though it continues to argue that the Swiss criminal justice system hurts victims by failing to adequately punish those convicted of serious crimes. On Tuesday, the Swiss government set a six-month deadline for the group to accumulate at least 100,000 signatures in support of the measure in order to force a national popular vote. . . . Capital punishment was abolished from Switzerland's criminal code in 1942 and remained part of the country's military laws until 1992. The last military execution, however, took place in 1944.

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