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Sierra Leone abolishes death penalty

Sierra Leone abolishes death penalty

SIERRA Leone's parliament has voted unanimously to repeal the death penalty more than two decades after the West African country carried out its last execution. President Julius Maada Bio is expected to soon sign the bill into law, which will make Sierra Leone the 23rd African country to abolish capital punishment. The bill also gives judges additional discretion when issuing sentences, which opponents of capital punishment say is particularly important in cases where the person convicted is a victim of sexual violence. Sierra Leone has observed a moratorium on executions since 1998, but prisoners sentenced to death still live separately…
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