He stated that no crime cannot be eradicated only by severe punishments.
"There are many examples. For the implementation of the narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances provides quite severe penalties, the number of convictions is increasing, but the number of dealers is not reduced. Also quite severe penalties for driving while intoxicated or under the influence of other intoxicating substances, but the number of drivers caught remains practically unchanged — more than 4,000 a year. Profits from the illegal movement of persons across the state border is so great that no penalties deter people from committing this crime", — said the Prosecutor General.
Last year for the illegal movement of people across the border were convicted 25 people, but most of them only sentenced to several months in prison and has already served the term during the pre-trial investigation.
Currently the criminal law for the illegal movement of persons across the state border provides imprisonment for the term up to two years, forced labor or monetary fine. For the same actions, if committed by an organized group or a large number of displaced persons, the punishment can be up to 7 years imprisonment.
The legal Commission of the Saeima is considering changes in Criminal law that impose more strict punishment for this offence is imprisonment for up to 15 years and confiscation of property.