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Politician’s death penalty support puts Party in a flap. A Norwegian Progress Party (FrP) politician has drawn fire from his own after admitting he actively supports reintroducing capital punishment. “I am in favour of the death penalty in some cases, amongst others for raping women and small children, as well as premeditated murder,” Jan Blomseth, one of FrP’s representatives on Tromsø Municipal Council told Nordlys earlier this week. Councillor Blomseth made his remark after Amnesty International threw down the gauntlet, challenging the borough of Tromsø to vote to join the organisation’s global “Cities for Life” action, celebrating the abolition of the death penalty on 30 November each year.

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Politician’s death penalty support puts Party in a flap

Published on Friday, 29th October, 2010 at 13:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

A Norwegian Progress Party (FrP) politician has drawn fire from his own after admitting he actively supports reintroducing capital punishment.

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Gallows, Nottingham (Illus. photo)
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“I am in favour of the death penalty in some cases, amongst others for raping women and small children, as well as premeditated murder,” Jan Blomseth, one of FrP’s representatives on Tromsø Municipal Council told Nordlys earlier this week.

Councillor Blomseth made his remark after Amnesty International threw down the gauntlet, challenging the borough of Tromsø to vote to join the organisation’s global “Cities for Life” action, celebrating the abolition of the death penalty on 30 November each year.

All cities who agree to participate will floodlight a central landmark or famous monument to show their opposition to capital punishment.

The councillor’s own Far Right Party has strongly distanced itself from his statement.

“The Progress Party strongly opposes the use of the death penalty in Norway and any other country. Several times, we have launched questions and debate in the Parliament to protest against the use of this inhumane punishment in both China and Iran.

“The last days’ debate does not reflect the official politics of The Progress Party. These are no more than the personal views of some of our members,” Per Sandberg, FrP’s Deputy Chairman writes in an email to The Foreigner.

Meanwhile, Tromsø Municipal Council passed the motion, despite seven FrP votes against, including that of Councillor Blomseth.

 “I cannot vote for something which goes against my personal conviction,” he said from the Speaker’s platform.




Published on Friday, 29th October, 2010 at 13:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: capital, punishment, death, penalty, progress, party, frp, tromsoe, jan, blomseth, criticism, hanging, per, sandberg, amnesty, international, cities, life.





  
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