150th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in San Marino

The stamp depicts a stylized running man made up of a rope, a tool of death that turns into the symbol of human life which trascends any state punitive power. The 1,20€ value designed by Gianluca Costantini, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in San Marino, shows the long-lasting international commitment of the Republic to the fight against the death penalty. Moreover San Marino was the first country in Europe and the third in the world to abolish it. The Statutes of the 14th century provided the death penalty by decapitation, but its last application dates back to 1648. The death penalty was abolished in 1848, but it was restored 5 years later, after the murder of a Secretary of State. The definitive abolition dates back to 1865, when the new penal code was approved.