National Assembly (NA) deputies’ opinions on abolition of the death penalty for several crimes remained divergent when they discussed the draft revised Penal Code during a three-day meeting of full-time NA deputies that closed on August 26.
Full-time National Assembly deputies convened a three-day meeting on August 26 in Hanoi__Photo: vovgiaothong.vn
Some deputies proposed robbery, destroying important works and war crimes to be removed from the draft list of crimes subject to capital punishment, while others suggested the addition of embezzlement, taking bribes, and producing and trading in fake medicines to the list.
Deputy Tran Van Do from An Giang province said the purpose of law enforcement was not to punish but to educate, adding that measures to recover property acquired through corruption would make more sense than killing the offender.
Deputy Tran Du Lich from Ho Chi Minh City said the code should abolish the death penalty for seven crimes as drafted and continue to abolish the penalty for other crimes in the future.
During the meeting, deputies also discussed the draft revised Criminal Procedure Code, focusing on the provision about whether audio and video recordings were compulsory during investigations. They agreed that the recordings were necessary to ensure transparency, help protect suspects and also protect interrogators from being slandered.
Other drafts debated at the meeting include the draft amended Civil Code, the draft law on oversight activities of the NA and People’s Councils, and the draft revised Civil Procedure Code.- (VNS/VLLF)