MPs to consider stricter penal policy

The proposed changes in the Serbian Criminal Code that should be adopted in parliament in mid-July would introduce a stricter penal policy.

Source: Tanjug
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The new policy would apply to the most seriious crimes that pose a major social threat, Secretary of State with the Justice Ministry Slobodan Homen has said.

The changes will not only bring adequate punishment for perpetrators of criminal acts, but also result in a general prevention or curbing of criminal activities, Homen said in a statement for Tanjug.

It will no longer be possible to pass sentences lower than the envisaged minimum prison term for drug trafficking, rape, sexual assault of minors, and illegal carrying of weapons, the secretary of state said.

The changes in the Criminal Code are of crucial importance primarily for the penal policy, because it has been established in analyses so far that it is extremely lenient and does not fulfill its most important function – general prevention.

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