In the Media

UK to rule on death-row four await fate

PUBLISHED March 22, 2004

Hundreds of death row prisoners in Trinidad, Barbados and Jamaica could win a reprieve if an unprecedented privy council hearing beginning in London today rules that the mandatory death penalty for murder is unconstitutional.

Most countries in the Caribbean have popular majorities which support the mandatory death penalty as a deterrent to violent crime. The possibility of its abolition by a panel composed overwhelmingly of white judges thousands of miles away is a highly sensitive issue.