Seoul Cabinet Advocates Stricter Sentences for Attempted Child Murder

Seoul: In a significant legislative move, the Cabinet of Seoul approved a proposal on Tuesday aimed at intensifying the penalties for attempted child murder, as announced by the justice ministry.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the current legal framework allows individuals charged with attempted child murder to receive suspended prison sentences. This leniency is due to the law permitting a maximum of three years imprisonment for such offenses, a duration eligible for suspension.

To address this issue, the government has proposed an amendment to the act governing the punishment of child abuse crimes. This revision mandates a minimum sentence of seven years in prison for those convicted of attempted child murder, effectively eliminating the possibility of suspended sentences.

Following its approval by the Cabinet, the government intends to present this proposed amendment to the National Assembly for final ratification.

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