Sierra Leone government will start implementing the death penalty to crack down on recent increase in gang related killings in the country reports Xhinua
“We will kill when the state demands it… I have called on the Director of Prisons to clean the gallows so that we will not be found wanting when the situation arises.” Said ,” Sierra Leone’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Palo Conteh said on early this week.
Sierra Leone’s President Koroma put a temporary prohibition to death penalty since 1998 leading to the abandonment of the gallows at the Male Correctional Center (Prisons) in Freetown.
“The death penalty is still in our law books and if anyone is found guilty of murder we will not hesitate to enforce the law,” said the Minister.
Sierra Leone’s police force has begun a “stop and search” raids in communities that are presumed to engage in violence activities. The ministry of internal affairs has also set up special units comprising Operational Support Division Officers together with detectives to go after thugs and cliques.