Blantyre, 03 May, 2021 / 8:43 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Rome-based lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, has hailed the abolition of the death penalty in the Southeastern African nation of Malawi.
“The Community of Sant'Egidio greets with great satisfaction the pronouncement of the Constitutional Court of Malawi that on April 28 declared the death penalty unconstitutional,” the officials of Sant’Egidio say in a news report dated April 30.
Malawi's Supreme Court passed the ruling abolishing the death penalty, terming it unconstitutional and in violation of the right to life, Voanews reported.
The move is expected to see all statutes that prescribe the death penalty being amended. The maximum sentence for capital offences in Malawi (such as murder or treason, rape, violent robberies, burglaries and break-ins) will now be effectively amended to life imprisonment.
In the April 30 report, officials of Sant’Egidio say the Supreme Court’s verdict “is in fact a decisive act in the process towards its abolition in this southern African country.”