During centuries the execution was appointed for the most different kinds of crimes. In Middle Ages of the person could execute for plunder of property, rape and even an arson. High treason was and remains in many countries a crime punishable by the execution. There is an opinion, what even long-term or lifelong imprisonment is senseless punishment for so-called "ideological" criminals: traitors, spies, terrorists. The execution for such criminals - smaller from two it is malicious.