The highest court says death penalty is neededThe Constitutional Court of Korea yesterday determined capital punishment constitutional. It was the second time the court has ruled in favor of death penalty.
Five of the nine Constitutional Court Justices determined that the death penalty was constitutional. In November 1996, seven of nine justices ruled the capital punishment was constitutional.
“The human life is part of the basic human right,” the court’s verdict read, “but in order to protect the people’s lives or equally important public interests, stripping of rights to life in such inevitable situations can’t be considered to have infringed on fundamentals of the basic right.”
***The full version of the article can be read in tomorrow’s edition of the JoongAng Daily.
By Yoo Jee-ho Staff Reporter [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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