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Apr 8, 2022

Should Parham Family Receive Compensation if Nora Parham Posthumously Pardoned?

Nora Parham

Should the surviving family members of Nora Parham receive monetary compensation for her wrongful sentence? Parham was sentenced to death by hanging in 1963 after being found guilty of murdering her husband. Now, the Government of Belize is proposing that the Governor General consider the late Nora Parham for a posthumous pardon, referring to her death sentence as a “stain in history,” – a historic wrong. But should an ex-gratia payment also be considered? Here is how Minister Dolores Balderamos Garcia responded to that question.

 

Dolores Balderamos Garcia

Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister of Human Develop, Families and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs

“My information and advice, is payment, say an ex-gratia payment or compensation payment really doesn’t arise under the constitution. By section two of the constitution the Governor General may grant what is called the prerogative of mercy on the advice of the Belize Advisory Council. But, actually the constitution and the law doesn’t provide for it. Having said that though, we are in communication with the family of Nora Parham, all eight sons and the family and of course we will be cooperating with them, because there is an effort now to find where the grave space is, and we believe that the government will be able to definitely assist in the provision of a proper tomb and proper tomb stone. Since we are trying as a government and a country to right what we view as a historical wrong then clearly we will be working together.”


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