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May 13, 2011

Hang ‘em high; death penalty making a comeback

Dean Barrow

The House of Representatives met in Belmopan; today’s sitting was one of the shortest concluding before one o’clock. With the country’s murder toll at forty nine within five months of the year, a series of controversial measures and constitutional amendments were introduced that are sure to bring debate not only from across the floor, but from local and foreign entities.  The amendment to the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Bill intends to zone in on gang related activities and increase penalties for related crimes. But it’s the amendments to the Belize Constitution that may bring both praise and fury from the public, human rights organizations and the church.  Prime Minister Dean Barrow intends to bring back the death penalty with the Belize Constitution (Eight Amendment) Bill 2011.  Clause four of the amendment refers to inhuman or degrading punishment and treatment. The proposed constitutional change will allow for the death sentence to be executed.

Dean Barrow

“We are going to put something in the constitution, if we can secure the votes, to obviate that possibility, to make sure you can’t challenge the death penalty. If a Court of Law finds that you are guilty of murder and says that you are ought to hang; that you are ought to be put to death, then we want to know that you can’t challenge that on the basis that there is some constitutional right that provides you from being executed. I am sure that that measure is going to be extremely popular with the public. It might get us into some difficulty internationally because there are all these liberal western European democracies that insist that the death penalty is in fact inhuman or degrading punishment. Well, they don’t live in small society that we live in, they are not experiencing the concentrated fury of this assault on our lives, on our dignity, on our citizen security and so we will do what we believe we have to do for the protection of citizens in our society.”

Barrow says that the amendment will also free the courts of cases that are delayed on death penalty appeals.

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58 Responses for “Hang ‘em high; death penalty making a comeback”

  1. bigsexxy says:

    I totatly agree with the Educated One you said all the right things that needed to be said and done to make this transition more reliable and to be sucessful yes bass.!

  2. ang says:

    hire one or three good people trained at hanging em at least lower unemployment…hope the law passed makes sense too

  3. Joe mcGuire says:

    GO BLACK MR CLEAN! NOW YOU TALKING! HANG EM ALL!

  4. victoria says:

    NO LETHAL INJECTION THAT IS TOO QUICK A DEATH FOR THE THUGS, GO BACK TO THE DAYS OF OLD AND HANG THEM HIGH, THEY NEED TO PUNISH THE SAME WAY THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE SUFFERED

  5. Nolbert Moss says:

    I agree with THE EDUCATED ONE that the cornerstone of a just sentencing to death is a competent process to arrive at conviction. In case of the convicted person, his/her fate should rest with the family of the victim. They should be given the opportunity to decide if they will accept compensation in form of lifetime maintenance of the dependents of his/her victime or accept only the convict’s life in return for the life of their family member. In case of the former, any instance of willful delinquency, invokes the implementation of the death sentence by the state. In case of the latter, the state then becomes the executor if the family’s wishes. As far as carrying out the death sentence, it should be on public television for all the families in Belize to see so that it truly becomes a deterrent. It should also be done in the best possible way minimizing undue suffering on part of the condemned…

  6. Western Bull says:

    I totally agree that the killers are killed, for who they kill, and that the parent of the killer they feel what the parent of the killed feels, cause discipline starts at home.

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  8. Beverly says:

    Now you talking, don’t hold back push forward with full force, we the people will support you and this.

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