Seimas considered two bills proposed by MP Petras Gražulis

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Reposted from The Lithuania tribune:

The Seimas on Tuesday considered two proposals by MP Petras Gražulis of the ruling Order and Justice party.

Thus, the Seimas voted down the proposal to sentence brutal murderers to life imprisonment only, with 57 MPs voting in favour and 20 voting against, as the conclusions of the Seimas Committee on Legal Affairs stated that such an amendment might run counter to the Constitution.

The Seimas lawyers believe the proposed amendment would prevent courts from issuing sentences taking into account all significant circumstances, issuing individual punishment and this way serving justice.

Gražulis had also registered a proposal on the restoration of capital punishment but later switched to the life sentence proposal after the former was deemed running counter to the Constitution.

Today, the Seimas also considered Gražulis’ proposal to legalise fines for the defilement of family fundamentals.

Following initial discussions, 46 MPs voted in favour of amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of Law, 10 voted against and 22 abstained. The amendments still need one more vote to be finally adopted.

The bill provides for administrative responsibility for the public defilement of constitutional moral values and family fundamentals enshrined in the Constitution as well as the organisation of events that are in conflict with public morals.

Such actions would be punishable by fine ranging from 1,000 (EUR 289) to 3,000 litas, and 3,000-6,000 litas for subsequent actions.

MP Gražulis submitted a similar bill during the last parliamentary term, but it was eventually voted down.

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