70 percent of Estonians support capital punishment ({{commentsTotal}})

According to survey conducted by the social and market research firm Saar Poll, majority of Estonians are in favor of death penalty.

The research shows that there are more people who would approve capital punishment than five years ago – 70 against 62 percent.

Less than 30 percent are against the death sentence, because some of those interviewed didn't have an answer to either question.

The death penalty was completely abolished in Estonia in 1998, in order to comply with the European Union laws ahead of the country's accession six years later. The last execution took place in 1991 when a murderer was executed by a firing squad.

Saar Poll's survey was commissioned by the Estonian Council of Churches (EEC) and 1,002 people were questioned.

Editor: S. Tambur

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