One of President Akuffo Addo’s nominees for appointment as justices to the Supreme Court, Justice Agnes Mercy Abla Dordzie, has advocated for the expungement of the Death penalty from the statute books of Ghana.
According to her, the country has signed on to many protocols over the years which do not permit the country to take the lives of people any longer. Besides that, she also pointed out the fact that the country has not practically executed anybody for more than 20 years now even though the law exists on the books.
Mrs Justice Dordzie made her views known during her vetting in Parliament on Friday, 24th August 2018 when she appeared before the Appointments Committee.
“I think it should be scraped off our statute books because Ghana has been signatory to some other international conventions that abhor the death penalty. Apart from that we don’t even execute anymore.
“For over twenty years I don’t think any execution has been had. So, though the court pass a sentence we don’t execute. It means that, as a people, we have come to recognize that we cannot go that way anymore.” She observed.
She therefore urged the Members of Parliament to think about how the law would be taken off the law books of the country to reflect the new aspirations of the people in conformity with international best known practices embedded in the international protocols Ghana is signatory to.
If approved by Parliament, Appeals Court Judge, Justice Agnes Mercy Abla Dordzie, would be elevated to the Apex court of Ghana. She is one of four new Justices nominated by President Akufo- Addo for the highest court of the land who have appeared before the appointment committee between Thursday and Friday 23rd to 24th August 2018.
The others are: Justice Samuel K. Marful-Sau, Court of Appeal judge; Nene Abayaateye Ofoi Amegatcher, former Ghana Bar Association President; and Professor Nii Ashie Kotey, a private legal practitioner.
The four newly proposed justices would add up to the 14 Supreme Court Justices already at post to swell up the number to 18. Some have already criticized the number of justices appointed to the Apex court of the land to be too high and have called for a law to cap it.
However, responding to questions at her vetting, Mrs. Justice Dordzie defended the current system where there is no capping, claiming that the system works better without a cap. Adding that it makes it more flexible when it comes to empaneling the court.
Source: Clement Akoloh/afriwakeradio.com