Malawi Outlaws Death Penalty

Malawi’s Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

The court said the death penalty was against international human rights standards. This therefore means that life sentence will be the highest punishment in Malawi.

The Malawi Human Rights Commission described the ruling as progress.

The ruling noted there had been no executions in the country since 1975.

Malawi now becomes the 22nd sub-Saharan country to abolish the death penalty.

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