Monday, 6 October 2014

Amnesty opposes death penalty for 12 soldiers

                                 The Amnesty International Media Director, Susana Flood
The Amnesty International has opposed the court marshal of 12 soldiers and  the death penalty imposed by a military court in Abuja.
The military court, three weeks ago, convicted 12 solders for mutiny after they fired shots at their General Officer Commanding (GOC) in Borno State.
The Amnesty International Media Director, Susana Flood,  at the weekend, said the organisation was opposed to death penalty notwithstanding the offence.
The statement reads: 

“The reason we have not said anything about the conviction is because we are unable to monitor the trial to be able to say it is fair, which is very important for us. We have to back our comment with fact.
“We oppose death penalty in all instances. In case of the soldiers, we are opposing their death sentence. We are looking at the trial to study all that transpired”.


She noted that human right abuse would not just end one day, but scored the organisation high on the success recorded.
“If you look at our work on the death penalty and you examine the statistics when we started campaign against death penalty, which was over 20 years and compare to now, you will see that a number of countries executing prisoners have decreased.
“Sadly, Nigeria is still executing. Eliminating death has been a slow bit of progress, but you can see the achievement we have made around the world”.

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