Talks about the death penalty ban

Baroness Patricia Scotland of the United Kingdom All Party Parliamentary Group making a point about the abolition of the mandatory death sentence while Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, listens attentively.
Baroness Patricia Scotland of the United Kingdom All Party Parliamentary Group making a point about the abolition of the mandatory death sentence while Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, listens attentively.

Barbados is being urged to review its position on the moratorium on the use of the death penalty which is still on the statute books as the ultimate punishment for those who were found guilty of murder and sentenced to hang.

Baroness Patricia Scotland, of the United Kingdom All Party Parliamentary Group, made this assertion on Monday during a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean.

During the call at the Ministry’s Culloden Road, St. Michael, office, the official said she was pleased that Barbados had made a commitment to review the existing legislation and sought clarification on the scope of such changes.

Legislation on the abolition of the mandatory death sentencing has been drafted and is currently under review by the Chief Parliamentary Counsel.

McClean pointed out that while the death penalty was a part of the judicial system even though no one had been hanged in the last 30 years, there were strong sentiments expressed by citizens that it should be retained.

“In terms of the legislation, the focus would be on those issues in relation to how it is applied…, but I would prefer to leave it to the legal experts because I know there is a commitment to revisit the legislation,” she added.

In turn, the Baroness said Barbados had always taken the lead on major issues but lamented that it was not in this instance.

“Barbados is always out front; it is never behind and this is one issue and it is unusual. It is also unusual because of the de facto moratorium that nobody has been prosecuted since 1984.

“So, although it is said that there is no appetite for change, the reality is that people in Barbados have been living with this change for almost 30 years. I would very much like to see Barbados lead,” Baroness Scotland emphasised.

McClean gave an undertaking to hold further discussions on the issue with Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite.

2 Responses to Talks about the death penalty ban

  1. Clyde Layne March 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Barbados is leading.
    We are not jumping on the bandwagon.
    Criminals know where they are headed when they commit MURDER.
    Just the thought of it,keep our numbers waiting on the hangman in check.

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  2. Brimstone March 17, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Barbados has been a leader in the region for a long time and we dont need these luke-warm persons to tell us how to do business. We are a sovereign nation and have a right to maintain our legal system to suit our intrinsic needs. Under no condition would she tell the Governor of Texas to remove the death penalty from the state laws, but we are a Commonwealth Country and they feel they have a divine right to interfere.
    If she has our well being to heart, why does she not advocate for the Chancellor of the Exchequer to have our currency re-evaluated and aligned to the British Pound? It would cost them nothing, but we would be better able to resolve some of our economic issues.
    Furthermore the Privvy Council is no longer interested in our judicial system, so who authorizes her to question our status quo? As a matter of fact, I would like the committee to re-introduce the cat-o-nine tails, and give the so called bad criminals one lash per offence and release them, this would free up the jail. We dont need to pay for their housing and food, we have enough economic woes.
    Home drum beat first, we will keep the statue and the criminals will wonder if they will be next. We control our environment and we will continue to keep it safe and secure for our citizens and residents

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