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(03/04/09) -

South Koreans Support Death Penalty

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Most people in South Korea express
support for the death penalty, according to a poll by Hankook Research.
64 per cent of respondents approve of capital punishment, while 18 per
cent disapprove.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Most people in South Korea express
support for the death penalty, according to a poll by Hankook Research.
64 per cent of respondents approve of capital punishment, while 18 per
cent disapprove.

More than 900 people have been executed in South Korea since 1948. A
variety of offences were punishable by death, including murder,
expression of sympathy towards North Korea, and appropriation of
national treasures.

South Korea stopped applying the death penalty in December 2007,
after an unofficial moratorium on executions was in practice for 10
years.

In late January, South Koreans were shocked by the confession of Kang
Ho-soon, who was arrested and admitted to killing eight women and
disposing of their bodies near the country’s capital, Seoul.

Governing Grand National Party (GNP) lawmaker Park Jun-seon called for
a resumption of the death penalty while referring to Kang’s case,
saying, "The death penalty is the only way to punish criminals as
atrocious as this one."

Polling Data

Do you approve of disapprove of the death penalty?

Approve

64%

Disapprove

18%

Not sure

17%

Source: Hankook Research
Methodology: Interviews with 3,000 South Korean adults, conducted in February 2009. Margin of error is 2.5 per cent.