Zimbabwe to cut back on hangings

2012-03-28 22:44

Harare - Zimbabwe's constitutional affairs minister says the death penalty will be dropped except in extreme cases of aggravated murder under a proposed new constitution.

Minister Eric Matinenga said on Wednesday only killers who commit "gratuitous violence to the extent it becomes sickening" will be hanged.

In a compromise between human rights groups and traditional supporters of capital punishment, it will be up to judges to rule on the level of violence used.

Matinenga said the fate of at least 61 prisoners on death row will be considered on individual merits if the measure is adopted in a September constitutional referendum.

No executions have been carried out under the three-year old coalition government. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's former opposition party has voiced its disapproval of hanging.

  • Partiboy - 2012-03-28 22:55

    How about hanging Bob for crimes against humanity?

  • lavida.locca - 2012-03-28 23:36

    can we start with Mr president plssssssss

  • lavida.locca - 2012-03-28 23:36

    can we start with Mr president plssssssss

  • Carry - 2012-03-29 06:29

    Bob .......... I think they are talking about you !!!

  • hc12345 - 2012-03-29 08:24

    You will be sorry! Soon your country will be like ours!!

  • Warwick - 2012-03-29 08:56

    Meybe Bob boy will be first after his treatment of the Matabeles in the 80's. I do believe a fair amount of extreme violence was carried against civilians by troops loyal do Mugabe. One of the genocides quietly swept under the carpet inthe hope people will forget.

      Ron - 2012-03-29 12:29

      We shall never forget! And we will never let Africa forget what African dictators do to their own people! Bob will NEVER be a hero!

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