Sanctuary – this legal term refers to a special Criminal Law option. Back in history in some countries, it was possible for persons who had just committed a crime, to seek refuge in a church or monastery. There in these religious facilities, they could find relief from the normal prosecutor’s accusation and respectively to avoid punishment. Ancient punishments were usually related to harming the criminal. So the ancient days’ sanctuary has been a serious thing.

 See also “Canon Law”
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