RUSSIA TOO QUICK WITH DEATH PENALTY MORATORIUM IT CAN'T REVOKE: PARLIAMENTARIAN

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MOSCOW, May 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russia was too quick to introduce its capital punishment moratorium. Now, there is no way to abolish or suspend it, Vladimir Vasilyev, State Duma member, said to a news conference in Moscow today.

He leads the security committee at parliament's lower house.

It is impossible even to discuss abolition prospects now-"or the people we want will no longer be extradited to Russia," he warned, and substantiated his point by a reference to international legal norms. As they have it, the country applying for a particular person's extradition must offer exhaustive guarantees of death penalty not threatening that person.

However, there is a decree of the federal Constitutional Court, on which the moratorium can be eventually suspended-but not before trials by jury get on a smooth footing all over Russia, said Vasilyev.

Decreed by Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first president, the capital punishment moratorium entered into force, September 1996.

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