Capital punishment debate continues



Wayne Munroe, QC.

Noted attorney Wayne Munroe Q.C. questioned Sunday why the government would have to take the matter of capital punishment to a referendum noting that simple amendments to existing legislation would be a better option.

His comments came after it was revealed by Attorney General Carl Bethel last week that Bahamian public will most likely decide via a referendum on how The Bahamas will proceed with capital punishment.

Former representative of Amnesty International R.E. Barnes, who presently serves as secretary of Better Caribbean Life which focuses solely on capital punishment in the region, however, said capital punishment should be removed as an option for punishment as the organization believes that reform can be achieved.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said last Sunday that he remains a firm supporter of the death penalty.

The government was expected to make amendments to the Juries Bill, which deals with certain provisions regarding the death penalty, before taking its summer recess. However, that did not happen.