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A Justice of the Supreme Court nominees, Yoni Kulendi, has proposed the elimination of death penalty from Ghana’s Criminal and other Offences Act.

According to the nominee, who is a lawyer of repute, since legal proceedings are managed by fallible human beings, they are prone to errors hence taking someone’s life can arise from faulty legal processes.

In this vein, he suggested that persons found guilty of committing a crime should be sentenced to life imprisonment rather than the death penalty because life is sacred and human life should not be terminated by anybody.

Yoni Kulendi made this comment on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament to be vetted as a nominee by the President to the Supreme Court.

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Responding to a question by North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto on the subject matter, Yoni Kulendi asserted “Judges, Courts and processes and other endeavours are things done by men. Men are fallible and the processes we drive are fallible. I believe that life is sacred and men should not make it their place to take life…[Court processes are] prone to error. If you impose a death penalty and then you understand that the processes erred, [that life lost] is irretrievable,” he said.

Yonny Kulendi added that a legislative change will be needed to abolish the death penalty from the country’s laws.

“I don’t subscribe to it even though currently it is the state of the law and I think that for the purposes of reform, and also so we can be known to the committee of civilized nations where across the world it has been agreed that this is the most extreme, I think it is a progressive recommendation for legislative change,” he said.

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