State Minster of National Security, Pearnel Charles Junior, says the government is yet to take a firm position on whether hanging should be resumed.
Last week National Security Minister, Robert Montague, indicated that the government was exploring the possibility of resuming capital punishment.
Minister Charles Junior is stressing that he’s only been tasked with engaging stakeholders to explore whether there are legal impediments to resume hanging.
Jamaica’s final court of appeal, the UK-based Privy Council, has ruled that hanging is a cruel and inhumane punishment.
He says the government is aware of the concerns that could be raised by Jamaica’s international partners.
The Junior National Security Minister is rejecting suggestions from the Opposition that the move a knee jerk reaction to the recent spate of murders.