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Prime Minister Bruce Golding, has expressed disappointment at how some fellow parliamentarians, who support the retention of the death penalty, behaved during this week’s debate in Parliament.
The Prime Minister, who recently ushered two conscience votes on capital punishment, said that he did not agree with the insensitive behaviour.
“I would have preferred if we did not see some of the intolerance that we saw. People who were in favour of hanging were so impatient of the views of people who are opposed to hanging and vice versa.” Mr. Golding told listeners to last night’s call-in radio programme – Jamaica House Live.
Mr. Golding told his caller from Atlanta that his own support of the death penalty was formed on a personal view that certain crimes justified the ultimate punishment.
“You can’t claim that you have a right to live and that your right is sacred and you go and take people’s lives in that way. For those who claim that our justice system is not perfect and that you can hang an innocent person, when I see the kind of scrutiny that our cases go through and if there is even one slight defect in the procedure, you better believe that the Privy Council is going to pick it up and shut it down. If you go all the way through to the Privy Council, you should be prepared to pay that price.”
Earlier this week, Parliament voted two to one to retain the death penalty. The next step is a similar conscience vote in the Senate.