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Justice Minister to Tighten Rules on Conditional Release of Murder Convicts

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.01.07.

Hungary’s justice ministry wants to tighten rules for releasing prisoners on parole who have taken another’s life or attempted to do so.

Minister of Justice Judit Varga said on Monday that an amendment will be submitted to parliament in the spring with a view to preventing anyone who has committed or attempted to commit murder from being released on parole.

The minister said on Facebook she was deeply shaken by the findings of a report on the recent double murder of children in the city of Győr, in western Hungary, saying there was zero tolerance of violence.

Together with the head of Hungary’s top court, the Kúria, she said protections for women and children needed to be fortified, so a review of Hungary’s child protection alert system will take place.

She said the justice ministry has designated 2020 as the year for victim support, and capacity at victim support centres will be doubled.

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At the same time, Varga said the Istanbul Convention on violence against women and domestic violence had no bearing on the Hungarian legal system, and she insisted that domestic laws were in any case more effective. “We won’t ratify the Convention, which also states that people are not born as men and women,” she said.

In the featured photo: Justice Minister Judit Varga. Photo by Gergely Botár/kormany.hu