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Jul 27, 2018

Radical Mi Hazánk party in favor of restoring capital punishment

Party leader László Toroczkai revealed that the proposals received almost unanimous backing by 20,000 respondents to a public survey the party conducted last week

Hungary’s radical Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland) party has said it is in favor of restoring capital punishment and introducing imprisonment abroad to ease overcrowding.

Party leader László Toroczkai revealed that the two proposals received almost unanimous backing by 20,000 respondents to a public survey the party conducted last week.

Crimes against vulnerable members of society such as children and the elderly should be treated as capital offenses, he said, insisting that “science” had proven “the deterrent effect” of the death penalty.

According to reports, he also raised the idea of getting Russia to host Hungarian prisoners for a daily fee. It costs 8,000-9,000 HUF (25-28 EUR) to house a prisoner in Hungary while in Russia the equivalent cost is 2,000 HUF, he said.

Toroczkai noted that Belgium had introduced a similar scheme and rented space for inmates in Dutch prisons. Hungary tops prison overcrowding figures in Europe, followed by Belgium, he added.

The party leader insisted that the rights of victims outweighed those of inmates when asked about the human-rights aspects of the issue.

Mi Hazánk recently split from the Jobbik party and according to the latest Nézőpont poll, its support is no higher than 1 percent of the electorate.