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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Anti-death penalty case on June 26

27th April 2012

The anti-death penalty case filed about five years ago in the High Court by three organisations – Legal and Human Rights Centre, SAHRiNGON-Tanzania Chapter and Tanganyika Law Society – will come up for another mentioning on June 26 this year.

A legal officer handling the case Advocate Fulgence Massawe said in an interview on Tuesday that the case will be presided over by three judges, namely Projest Rugazia, Robert Makaramba and Raziabegum Sheikh,” he said.

The organisations filled the case on October 10, 2008, demanding the scraping of the death penalty from Tanzanian law books due to the latter denying the people right to life.

Alternatively, they suggested that people convicted with murder should be sentenced to life imprisonment to give them the chance to reform.

Activists have been campaigning against capital punishment on account that no justice system is safe from judicial error and that innocent people are likely to be sentenced to death.

Tanzania still retains the capital punishment despite the fact that the last time a death row inmate was hanged was in 1994.

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