Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Thursday, June 09, 2005  

Last week the government announced the resumption of hangings as part of its tough new policy against crime. Yesterday the death warrant was read to Lester Pitman, who was convicted of a triple-murder last year. If Pitman is hanged--the date set is this coming Monday--his execution would be the first exercise of the death penalty in T&T in six years.

Pitman's attorneys are to appeal his death warrrant. In April they filed a notice of intention to take Pitman's case to the Privy Council in London. The government claims Pitman has no appeal pending.

Independent Senator Angela Cropper, whose husband, mother and sister Pitman was convicted of killing, declared her opposition to the death penalty in an interview after the trial:

"I question the principle of capital punishment. The society seems to accept the death penalty as a way of dealing with crime but we do so without any public dialogue about how effective or ethical it is."

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