In the Media

UK limits Jamaica death sentence

PUBLISHED July 8, 2004

The mandatory death penalty for murder in Jamaica was abolished yesterday, winning a reprieve for more than 60 prisoners on death row, in a historic judgment from nine judges sitting in London.

But the penalty will remain in force in Trinidad and Barbados after the same judges, by a majority of five to four, ruled that the clear wording of those countries' constitutions barred them from interfering to strike it down.