Deputy AG designate Opposes Calls For Death Penalty To Be Abolished

Deputy AG designate Opposes Calls For Death Penalty To Be Abolished



A Deputy Attorney General-designate, Mr. Alfred Tuah Yeboah has opposed calls for the abolishment of the death penalty from Ghana’s statutes. The nominee also believes Ghana too is not yet at the level where it will do away with such a law. Groups like the Amnesty Internt'l Ghana has called on President Akufo Addo, the Attorney


General, and other stakeholders to immediately take the steps to abolish the death penalty. The group believes the capital punishment robs victims of the basic right to life, hence must be be expunged from Ghana’s laws. But appearing before the Appointments Committee of the Parliament today, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the Deputy



Minister designate disagreed with such calls. According to him, such hasty decisions will not benefit the country in the long run. Alfred Tuah Yeboah said, he subscribes to the full execution of capital punishments. He added that if murderers have to be killed, they should be killed. I’m a realist and positivist and if we look at some of the



murder cases that we’ve seen, especially when it comes to robbery with murder and also the callous nature that some of them carry out those actions, I think we need to hold on [with the abolishment of such a law for some time. We shouldn’t abolish it] at this stage. I equally also hold this view that as it exists in USA, if stakeholders may want to venture into grading murders, I subscribe



to the full execution of their sentences. If the person is a murderer, and they have to be killed too, they must be killed, he said. Ghana currently has about 160 persons on death row, five of whom were women. The number includes six foreigners; a Beninois, two Burkinabes and three Nigerians. Between March and June 2020, nine inmates who were on death row had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment.