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of the Congress of Guatemala rejected a draft law which would have paved the way for the resumption of executions in the country.18 At least six people were sentenced to death and at least 25 were on death row at the end of the year in Guyana. Eleven men had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment during the year. A planned national consultation, part of the UPR commitments made by the authorities in 2010, on the abolition of the death penalty was not carried out during the year. No new death sentences were known to have been imposed in Jamaica. Two men remained under sentence of death at the end of the year, while three people had their death sentences commuted. No new death sentences were known to have been imposed in Saint Kitts and Nevis, while one person was believed to be on death row at the end of the year. The last remaining person on death row in Saint Lucia, Mitchel Joseph, had his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment on 8 July. No new death sentences were known to have been imposed. No new death sentences were recorded in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, where one person, Patrick Lovelace, remained on death row at the end of the year. Courts in Suriname did not impose any new death sentences and death row was empty at the end of the year. In a statement presented before the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the occasion of the World Day Against the Death Penalty, the Vice-speaker of the National Assembly of Suriname, Ruth Wijdenbosch, stated that a “new version of the Penal Code has been drafted in which the articles relating to the death penalty are abolished. Furthermore, there is consensus amongst the leading political parties in The National Assembly and also within the Government about this very important amendment.”19 At least five new death sentences were imposed in Trinidad and Tobago and at least 39 prisoners were known to be on death row at the end of the year. Two death sentences were commuted to terms of imprisonment and the mandatory imposition of the death penalty was retained in national legislation. The delay in the decision on the commutation of one of the two cases, Lester Pitman, sparked debate in the country highlighting lack of resources in the judiciary and timely delivery of judgments in the country. Lester Pitman had been convicted with his codefendant in relation to the murder of three people committed in 2001. His case had been remitted to the Court of Appeal by the Privy Council in 2008, in light of fresh evidence showing he is affected by severe mental impairment and casting doubts about the admissibility of his confession and conviction. The delay of three years in the reconsideration of his case by the Court of Appeal focused the media’s attention on the backlog of cases pending before the courts.

Amnesty International March 2014

Index: ACT 50/001/2014

Death sentences and executions 2013  

This report is also available in Arabic, Farsi, French, Russian and Spanish at the following link: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AC...

Death sentences and executions 2013  

This report is also available in Arabic, Farsi, French, Russian and Spanish at the following link: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AC...

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