Deputies removed shortened trial for intentionally causing death. This happened after the National Assembly adopted the text of the Code of Criminal Procedure at second reading. 92 MPs voted in favor, 62 against and 11 abstentions. The initial proposal was that shortened trial should be dropped for intentionally caused serious bodily harm. However, between the two readings, the text changed and, following a proposal by GERB, the shortened trial was removed only for intentionally causing death.
United Patriots demanded that the text be adopted in its original version, that no shortened trial should be applied even in the case of serious bodily harm. “Volya” supported GERB’s proposal, and Simeon Naydenov raised the question that there was no sense in a sentence after years but in a speedy justice.
Justice Minister Danail Kirilov was of the opinion that the opposition’s proposal to remove the shortened trial was populist and conjunctural. He also once again defended GERB’s amendments to the Penal Code, which also relate to shortened trial, and insisted that they were the more flexible option.
Deputies also agreed that the Specialized Criminal Court could hear cases within the competence of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.