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The Fritzl Case: European Criminal Law Sucks

In In The News, Law, World on April 30, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

Josef Fritzl had held his daughter locked up in a basement for 24 years. And he is the father of her six surviving children, as one baby boy died shortly after birth. Fritzel admitted the charges yesterday.

Common sense interpretation? Abuse, rape, incest … multiple occurrences of all of the aforementioned crimes. — Life sentence.

Oh, wait. Know how the victim got into the basement? She was lured in, doped and handcuffed there. Isn’t that kidnapping? — Capital punishment, for crying out loud…

Hell no. He ONLY might get fifteen years.

Under Austrian law, sentences are not cumulative. Which means the verdict shall be announced according to the most serious crime Fritzl is found guilty of.

The same principle applies in the Czech Republic. And it is a huge mistake. Manslaughter (the death of the newborn) plus rape plus incest plus kidnapping plus I-don’t-know-what-else would have easily equalled 65 years.

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