Saturday, December 11, 2004

No dining in know where is Senegal is right?

Senegal decides to scrap death penalty

DAKAR (AFP) - Senegal scrapped the death penalty for all crimes, a moved hailed by rights campaigners as an inspiration for other African nations.

The Senegalese National Assembly adopted the law abolishing capital punishment and President Abdoulaye Wade will be handed the dossiers on the four people currently on death row with a view to commuting their sentences, said Justice Minister Sergine Diop.

She argued that in the countries where the death penalty exists, crime figures are no lower.

The death penalty has only been used twice in Senegal. Both instances were during the presidency of the first head of state after independence, Leopold Sedar Senghor (1960-1980).