Attorney General Anand Ramlogan wants to use the Jamaican constitutional amendment agreed to by both the opposition and government of that country to deal with hangings in this country.
Responding to questions on Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley’s statement that the talk of resuming hangings was just a political gimmick, Ramlogan said:
“In the Jamaican parliament, the Jamaican government and the Jamaican opposition cooperated to effect a simple amendment to the Jamaican constitution. I will be taking that amendment to the meeting and I will ask that we follow the Jamaican example to simply say as long as you want to appeal you can appeal however long it takes no problem...just know that at the end of it the sentence of death imposed will be carried out upon you.”
He said the implementation of hanging was never to solve crime but to carry out the rule of law but that hanging being part of the law of the land should be implemented.
“There is no point in having a court pass a sentence that cannot be carried out. That frustrates the legal system so the idea that it is a deterrent is second tier. The idea for me that is first tier, is that the people who are the victims, who have lost their father and mother and so on, are entitled to the retribution they seek and the court is entitled to have its order carried out,” he said.
Ramlogan also introduced to the media the son of slain police Sgt Hayden Manwaring, who interned at his office for the two-month August vacation.
He said Keddeal Manwaring should be an example to many other young men in this country of what they can accomplish in the face of adversity.
The younger Manwaring attained seven CXC passes, three of which are distinctions, and dreams of one day walking in his father’s footsteps or even higher, he said.