BENIN. GOVERNMENT OPTS TO MAINTAIN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
May 29, 2006: it was reported that capital punishment would not be abolished in Benin. The decision was made by the government and a large number of parliamentarians during the week, holding it necessary to retain the death penalty in order to avoid turning the country into a refuge for international criminals. "Capital punishment must remain a part of the Penal Code, but only with the purpose of scaring off criminals. If not, our justice system would stand without sufficient means," Justice Minister Abraham ZinzindohouĂ© announced as the Beninese government was in the process of revising the national Penal Code.
The announcement, the Minister made clear, had not been an easy decision.
ZinzindohouĂ© recalled that Benin was a democratic country that should be part
of the international efforts for the abolishment of the death penalty. (Sources: Afrol.com, 01/06/2006)