Senegal MP to champion death penalty bill
Senegalese MP Seydina Fall of the coalition group Benno Bokk Yakaar has declared his intention to file in the National Assembly next Tuesday a bill seeking the reintroduction of the death penalty as a way of dealing with the growing rate of crime.â€œThe work is complete and at 10 am on Tuesday we will file the billâ€� the Fall told private TV channel Radio futurs medias, claiming it is a solution for the recurrent criminality witnessed in the country.
â€œWe are calling for strong mobilization. There are too many crimes in Senegal. And this law may be the solution to address insecurityâ€� Mr. Fall maintained, adding that 80 of his colleagues in the Assembly are favorable to the bill but stopped short of mentioning those who might oppose it.
Announced since May, the bill had incurred the wrath of human right’s defenders who consider Senegal falling behind the list of countries where such measures have been proscribed.
Until 2004, the death penalty has been in force in Senegal with two people convicted of murder executed under the regime of President Leopold Sedar Senghor, one observer has recalled.