St. John’s Antigua- The latest lawyer to be called to the local bar has given his take on the death penalty.
Amia Athill says whether the measure remains on the law books could be swayed more by international pressure than by public opinion.
Athill says while she is not personally in favour of capital punishment, Antigua and Barbuda may be well advised to look at the positions being postulated by the international community.
Attorney Amia Athill
The Inter American Commission on Human Rights on Wednesday called on several Caribbean countries to impose a moratorium in the application of the death penalty.
In its soon to be released report, the Commission highlights some advances related to the imposition of the death penalty in the region in recent years.
Of particular importance have been the advances related to the mandatory imposition of the death penalty, that is, when this is imposed after a conviction for a crime without the opportunity for presenting or considering mitigating circumstances.
Legal luminaries differ on the imposition of the death penalty which remains on the law books of Antigua and Barbuda and most other Caribbean countries.