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PNP warns of death penalty backlash

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2016 | 5:52 AM
Opposition Senator Mark Golding

The Opposition Peoples' National Party (PNP) says Jamaica may face international backlash if it carries out the death penalty.

National Security Minister Robert Montague has indicated that his ministry is looking at how the barriers preventing the use of the death penalty can be removed to allow the execution of criminals in a bid to tackle the country's high crime rate.

However, the Opposition spokesperson on Justice & Governance, Senator Mark Golding, argues that any legislation which seeks to broaden the circumstances in which the death penalty may be imposed would be ruled by the Courts to be unconstitutional.

Golding further argues that the reactivation of the death penalty will bring condemnation on Jamaica, and even possibly adverse action by the country’s international development partners that are strongly against the death penalty.