Saturday, July 22, 2017

This is why Death Row convicts cannot be hanged

...AG explains the delay


There are 33 people who were sentenced to face the hangman.

This according to Attorney General Faris Al Rawi who commented on Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar's call to return the Hanging Bill which her administration had brought to the Parliament but which the then PNM Opposition did not support.

Speaking at the Post Cabinet news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's, Al Rawi said that a desk was established to track those who were sentenced to hang and there are currently 33 sentenced to the hangman.

He said the Pratt and Morgan rule has been utilised in some cases, some cases are before the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council.

The AG explained that there are different stages- the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and the International Court on Human Rights which the matter goes through.

He said 11 of the 33 cases have applied the Pratt and Morgan rule.

The AG pointed out that in 1999 when Dole Chadee and eight others were hanged- their case before the Privy Council was heard quickly.

He said the date of conviction was 1996 and the matter was heard at the Privy Council just one year later in 19997.

He said the Privy Council has not delivered a judgement in a one year period in a very long time.

AL Rawi reiterated that the efforts are being made to speed up the justice system and a Bill will be brought to the Parliament for the abolition of preliminary enquires.

The AG also responded to calls by the Opposition Leader with respect to legalising pepper spray.

He said the issue of the pepper spray was being looked at but he noted that making it legal would mean that criminals will have a right to also carry.

On the call by three Chambers for a limited State of emergency, Al Rawi responded “Trinidad and Tobago's taxpayers are being called upon, have been called upon and will be very shortly be subject to further calls to pay millions of dollars in damages for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution because the last State of Emergency called by the last Government resulted in I think one person only of the many thousands people detained actually facing some court issues,” he said.