[Deathpenalty]death penalty news----worldwide
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Wed Jul 7 14:59:40 CDT 2004
Privy Council fails to abolish death penalty in Trinidad and Barbados
The hopes of hundreds of death row prisoners in Trinidad and Barbados have
been dashed after the Privy Council ruled the death penalty should not be
abolished on the 2 islands.
The massively unpopular judgment, imposed by a panel of white judges, is
expected to spur efforts by the Caribbean to establish its own Court of
Final Appeal that will replace the Privy Council in London.
The case was tightly fought with 5 judges ruling against abolition and
four in favour. It is the 1st time in its history that the Privy Council
has fielded 9 judges. The most senior Law Lord, Lord Justice Bingham,
voted against retaining the death penalty.
The failed appeal was made on behalf of Charles Matthews, from Trinidad,
and Lennox Boyce and Jeffrey Joseph from Barbados, all represented by
Simons Muirhead and Burton.
Keir Starmer QC and Edward Fitzgerald QC, of Doughty Street Chambers,
their counsel, said they now intend taking the prisoners case to the
inter-American court on appeal.
(source: The Lawyer)
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