The Government is expected to submit a bill to Parliament in September on final regulations regarding life imprisonment without parole, Parliamentary State Secretary Róbert Répássy said on 18 June 2014.

The bill will include issues such as pardoning, he said, adding that a new law on procedures for pardons was also required because the criminal code dealt with this “very narrowly.”

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The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled against Hungary last month in the case of a life sentence, arguing that excluding the possibility of parole was degrading and therefore violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

State Secretary Répássy told a press conference that Hungary disagrees. The issue remains, however, of how to ensure an opportunity to review a case with regard to whether or not life imprisonment is justified, he said.

“This is not insolvable,” he said, adding that a relevant proposal would be submitted by the Government in the autumn.

(Ministry of Justice)