CCJ warns politicians it won’t support death penalty agendas

In reacting to that view, CCJ president Sir Dennis Byron said, “we are not here to support any political agenda.

“We are a court of justice and we will be dealing with the law as it exists and the constitutional rights of our citizens as set out in our respective constitutions.”

As crime spirals out of control in some Caribbean states, and with politicians desperate for solutions, a debate over the imposition of the death penalty has resurfaced in region.

Capital punishment has been proposed as one way of putting a grip on criminal activity, especially homicides, 13 of which were recorded in Antigua & Barbuda last year.

But the CCJ president, in an exclusive interview, told OBSERVER media that it is the law, and not politicians, that will determine the use of the death penalty by the court.
The last execution to have taken place in the region was in 2008 in St Kitts and Nevis and this was after five years of no state-sanctioned executions in the Caribbean as a whole and eight in the English speaking Caribbean.

Although the death penalty remains of the books in Antigua & Barbuda, the last time someone was hanged was in 1991.

 

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