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T&T Gov’t should reform death penalty laws

In a joint statement issued last Sunday with the regional death penalty abolition group, Greater Caribbean for Life (GCL), the Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) invited the Government “to approve the necessary reforms to immediately overrule mandatory death penalty”.

The two bodies welcomed the June 27 judgement by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Barbados’ highest appellate Court, which declared as unconstitutional, the mandatory death penalty as stated in section 2 of the Offences Against the Persons Act (OAPA), Ch 141, for persons convicted of murder in Barbados. Convictions under the section automatically attract mandatory death sentences without any consideration of the mitigating factors in their cases or their individual circumstances. The CCJ replaced the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 2005. 

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