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TRINIDAD: PRIVY COUNCIL REFUSES TO COMMUTE DEATH SENTENCE...FIRST TIME IN 22 YEARS

July 16, 2015: For the first time in 22 years, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC), by a majority ruling, refused to commute the death sentences imposed on two Trinidadian men who were convicted by a jury and sentenced to hang in 2008 by a High Court judge in Port of Spain.
Lord Toulsen, who wrote the 30-page judgment, said the basis for their dismissal of the appeal against the sentences was that the convicts, Timothy Hunte and Shazad Khan, upon their appeal at the local Court of Appeal which was also dismissed, did not raise the argument of the constitutionality of their sentence and, as such, it could not be raised as a fresh issue at the JCPC.
But even though the Board ruled otherwise in previous appeals where the issue was not raised at the local Court of Appeal, Lord Toulsen said these rulings were wrong and that the Board must now depart from those wrongful judgments.
It was a well-known principle established by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) in the famous case of Pratt and Morgan in 1993, that people convicted of murder and sentenced to death cannot be legally executed if they spend more than five years on death row awaiting execution.
From then to now, the JCPC has commuted the death sentence imposed on possibly hundreds of individuals to life in prison based on this principle. (Sources: trinidadexpress.com, 17/07/2015)

INDIA: CONVICT HAMSA SENTENCED TO DEATH IN SAFIYA MURDER CASE
ZAMBIA: PRESIDENT EDGAR LUNGU GIVES DEATH ROW INMATES LIFE SENTENCES
ZAMBIA: KILLER FATHER TO HANG
NIGERIA: KILLER OF EX-OGUN MAGISTRATE SENTENCED TO DEATH
ISRAEL: KNESSET REJECTS BILL ON DEATH PENALTY FOR TERRORISTS
ZIMBABWE: LAST WOMAN ON DEATH ROW 'SAVED'
IRAN: PRISONER HANGED IN PUBLIC DURING RAMADAN
BELIZE: LAST MAN ON DEATH ROW HAS SENTENCE QUASHED
MISSOURI (USA): DAVID ZINK EXECUTED
OBAMA COMMUTES SENTENCES OF 46 NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS, INCLUDING PEOPLE SERVING LIFE SENTENCES FOR DRUG
UAE: WOMAN EXECUTED FOR KILLING AMERICAN TEACHER
NORTH KOREA: MEDIA CONFIRMS DEFENCE MINISTER EXECUTION
INDIA: DEATH PENALTY IS PRIVILEGE OF POOR, SAYS LAW COMMISSION HEAD
ISRAEL: NETANYAHU BLOCKS DEATH PENALTY FOR MASS MURDERING TERRORISTS
INDIA: MPS, LEADERS SEEK REPEAL OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
THAILAND: JUNTA ADDS DEATH PENALTY TO ANTI CORRUPTION LAW
EGYPT: 464 DEATH SENTENCES IN FIRST YEAR OF SISI'S RULE
INDIA: FORMER PRESIDENT A P J ABDUL KALAM FAVOURS ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY
THAILAND CONDEMNED FOR REPATRIATION OF 109 UIGHURS TO CHINA
EGYPT: 14 MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
IRAQ: 24 SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER SPEICHER KILLINGS
ILLINOIS (USA): GEORGE RYAN CREATES DEATH PENALTY ABOLITION GROUP
KENYA: MUSLIM CONVERT TO HANG FOR MASS MURDER
GHANA: MAN, 59, SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING FOR KILLING GIRLFRIEND
NORTH KOREA: FARM MANAGER EXECUTED FOR DEATHS OF DOZEN BABY TURTLES
AFGHANISTAN: HELMAND MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING WIFE
SOUTH KOREA: LAWMAKERS PUSH TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY
GAMBIA: PRESIDENT GRANTS AMNESTY TO CONVICTED COUP PLOTTER
IRAN: TWO WOMEN SENTENCED TO DEATH PARDONED BY PLAINTIFFS
UAE: RAK COURT UPHOLDS MAN'S DEATH SENTENCE IN MURDER CASE

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