Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: The government and opposition have united to pass legislation to resume the execution of convicted killers.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar and opposition leader Keith Rowley have agreed to cooperate on the bill. It will be brought to parliament on February 18.
It has been over 10 years since the state has been able to execute a convicted killer.
A major element of the legislation is the placing of murders into three categories.
For brutal and deliberate killings, the death penalty will be the fate for the convicted. On the lesser charge of manslaughter, the convicted will receive a life sentence. The sentence for involuntary murders will be determined by a judge.
Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, has defended his government’s decision to seek an amendment to tighten the laws on private criminal prosecutions.
The proposed change follows unsuccessful attempts by opposition elements to mount prosecutions against Dr. Gonsalves and others over statements allegedly made prior to the general elections held last December.
The opposition has been staging demonstrations against the amendment.
Gonsalves said the current law was abused during the campaign. As a result, Director of Public Prosecutions, Colin Williams, would be required in the future to give approval to any private criminal prosecutions.
Head of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Human Rights Association, Nicole Sylvester, said the bill should have remained because it protected ordinary people’s rights to bring criminal prosecutions.
Georgetown, Guyana: The Alliance for Change party has pledged to conduct a race audit of major decisions if it is successful in the general elections that will be held this year.
The party has campaigned on a platform to end the nation’s race-based policies.
Lat weekend, presidential candidate Khemraj Ramattan said the audits would be conducted by the Ethnic Relations Commission. He said the audits would help to ensure racial harmony in the nation.