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Berni backs lowering criminal responsibility age for young offenders

Security Secretary Sergio Berni has revealed his support for lowering the age of criminal responsibility, which protects children under the age of 18 years from being prosecuted for breaking the law, while also stating that the current Penal Code was sufficient for the fight against crime.

"Lowering the age of criminal resposibility for minors does not seem bad to me, I say this as a completely personal view," Berni affirmed in today's interview with El Tribuno.

"I do believe the law of criminal responsibility for minors has to be changed because the discretion that a judge has in applying punishments is something very serious. A judge can consider that a kid of six, seven, eight years of age is dangerous to society and leave him locked up in a minors' institute," the official clarified.

Berni moved on to praise the work carried out by those entrusted with modifying the Penal Code, while asserting that the current version of the bill was still workable.

"I hold that we have a Penal Code and we should use the one we have. By simply using the Penal Code we already have, we could find relief for many problems. My job is not to legislate, but make sure laws are adhered to."

The politician concluded by highlighting his office's work in football, revealing his hope that visiting fans would be able to return to stadiums after the World Cup.
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