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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Maldives budgets for execution chamber to enforce capital punishment

Government has included funds in the proposed state budget for next year to establish an execution chamber at the country's main prison to carry out the death penalty.

The proposed budget for next year, which is currently being reviewed by the parliament, includes MVR4 million to build an execution chamber. However, the correctional service was not immediately available for comment.

Maldives adopted a new regulation last year under which lethal injection would be used to implement the death penalty.

However, over mounting pressure from human rights bodies, companies have been refusing to supply the fatal dose to countries still carrying out capital punishment.

Home minister Umar Naseer had earlier said the correctional service would be ready to implement the death penalty by the time a death sentence is upheld by the Supreme Court.

There are around 10 people on death row at present, but none of whom has exhausted the appeal process thus far.

However, the Supreme Court had issued new guidelines last week giving a month-long window for the last chance to appeal death sentences and public lashings backed by High Court.

According to the guidelines, if a defendant fails to appeal a High Court verdict in favour of death sentences and public lashing rulings within a 30-day period, the appeal can then only be filed at the Supreme Court by the prosecution.

Source: haveeru.com, November 14, 2015

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