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RETIRED HIGH COURT JUSTICE Leroy Inniss says he is personally not against the imposition of the death penalty, and believes it should remain on the statute books.

“We have not had anyone here executed for a very long time and I would be very surprised if it happens in the very near future,” Inniss told the SATURDAY SUN yesterday. But he maintained there was “nothing wrong in keeping it on the statute books if at some time it has to be used”.

While he noted that most countries around the world were refraining from execution, he said in view of the heinous crimes being committed in Barbados that were attracting a public outcry, “it might be good to let it remain there (on the statute book) in case you think you have to use it”.

Speaking against a background of public calls for retention of the death penalty, the former judge said: “I don’t think that research shows it makes any particular difference. But in my own view, I am certainly not against the death penalty being imposed on persons.”

Please read the full story in today’s Saturday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.

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