Deputy Ombudsman Milos Jankovic says the fact that the number of Serbians who are in favor of reintroducing the death penalty is on the rise is worrying.

According to Jankovic, who spoke on the occasion of October 10, World and European Day Against the Death Penalty, last year a little over half of those surveyed favored this, while now the number has reached over two thirds.

He recalled that the last time the death penalty was carried out in Serbia was in February 1992, while the practice was formally abolished in 2002.

Jankovic, who is the ombudsman’s deputy for the rights of imprisoned persons, is convinced, however, that the death penalty will never be reintroduced in this country, and that Serbia will never again execute a human being.