Because of a currently court case about an extreme child molester (the perp even raped a 19 days old child) capital punishment is suddenly discussed in the popular right winged hysterical media. Here are the facts regarding my own country,

The Netherlands removed capital punishment from law in 1870. The last Dutchman being executed in peace time was the 27 year old Johannes Nathan. He was publicly executed (hanged) in 1860 on the market square in Maastricht for killing his mother in law. In 1945 capital punishment was re-introduced for crimes of war. Until 1952 39 war criminals were executed based on that special law, the last 2 on March 21st 1952. Ever since, captial punishment has been removed from the law. Abolishment of the death penalty is mandatory to join the European Union.