Death Penalty shouldn't be abolished - Kofi Bentil

Death Penalty shouldn't be abolished - Kofi Bentil

Death Penalty shouldn't be abolished - Kofi Bentil

Kofi Bentil, Vice President of policy think-tank IMANI, said it would be unwise if the government chose to abolish the death penalty altogether.

Speaking at a debate organized but the Ghana Growth and Developement Platform (GGDP) with the support of Citi FM on the election of MMDCEs and the abolition of the death penalty, Mr. Bentil said. "As a principle, we (IMANI Ghana) do not think that abolishing the death penalty is a good thing." Mr. Kofi Bentil went on to express that he felt that not all persons in society deserved, "...to be around," and that it was necessary for society to be able to remove troublesome people from the general public "in the interest of everybody else."

Since 1993, no executions have been recorded in Ghana till present, although the number of death sentences have increased by a 100 percent between 2014 and 2015.

As of December 31st, 2015, there were 137 individuals on death row in Ghana, three of whom were women, and seven of whom were foreign nationals.

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