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Friday, October 15

House removes mandatory death sentence

Kaieteur News: "The National Assembly last evening made a historic move when it unanimously approved the removal of the mandatory use of the death penalty for persons convicted of murder.
This was done when Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Charles Ramson, successfully piloted the Criminal Law Offences (Amendment) Bill.
In his presentation to the House, Ramson said that at present the principal act does not allow leeway for judges, in that once a jury convicts a person of murder, then the Judge must notify the convicted that they will be sentenced to death lawfully.
He said that over the years there has been an outcry as it relates to the death penalty and the amendments now allow for alternatives to be in place for the judge."
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