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Malawi rules against death penalty for albino killers

20 June 2016, 14:54

Nairobi - Malawi has ruled out the implementation of the death penalty against killers of people with albinism, saying that such legislation would go against human rights agreements that the country had entered into, according to Nyasa Times.

Information Minister Patricia Kaliati confirmed the government's position following calls made by parliamentary official Bon Kalindo, who urged officials to institute harsher sentences for those targeting albino nationals.

"Malawi is a signatory to many human rights instruments and we would not want to contravene them. We would not like a former head of state answering a case at the International Criminal Court over the death penalty," Kaliati was quoted as saying.

Kalindo's utterances marked a renewed call for the death penalty, with several members of parliament having shown support for the motion.

Madalitso Kazombo, a member of the opposition Malawi Congress Party, had previously said that a proposal would be tabled in Parliament in order to strengthen the penal code and allow for the death sentences to be handed down.

According to a Malawi24 report, President Peter Mutharika had already indicated his unwillingness to bring back the death penalty, saying, that a special penalty need not be stipulated.

"We already have the death penalty in our penal codes, we do not need a special one to use to target anyone who kills albinos," Mutharika was quoted as saying.

- News24


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