Mugabe’s death penalty sup­port ‘un­for­tu­nate’

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Hu­man rights group Amnesty In­ter­na­tional has crit­i­cised Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mugabe for declar­ing that he is in favour of re­sum­ing cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, in re­sponse to ris­ing mur­der rates.

Mugabe (93) said on Wed­nes­day that although his Cab­i­net was di­vided on the is­sue, he favoured lift­ing the mora­to­rium on ex­e­cu­tions. The last ex­e­cu­tion in the coun­try was in 2005.

“Let’s re­store the death penalty,” Mugabe said.

Ac­cord­ing to NewsDay, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional’s Zim­babwe di­rec­tor Cousin Zi­lala de­scribed Mugabe’s re­marks as “un­for­tu­nate and a great de­par­ture from the rest of the world, where the ma­jor­ity have abol­ished the death penalty”. Over 90 pris­on­ers are still on death row. Zim­babwe’s law al­lowed for the ex­e­cu­tion of peo­ple con­victed of mur­der “in ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances”. Women and of­fend­ers younger than 17 and older than 70 were ex­empt. The hang­man’s job has been va­cant for over a decade, but jus­tice min­istry per­ma­nent sec­re­tary Vir­ginia Mab­hiza said more than 50 peo­ple had ap­plied.

– News24

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