Friday, July 26, 2019

Former BCC president comes out against capital punishment

Former Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) President Bishop Simeon Hall

Attorney Fred Smith, QC, agrees referendum should be held on the issue.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Former Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) President Bishop Simeon Hall said yesterday that he is no longer a supporter of the death penalty.

“I am no longer a supporter of that kind of dealing with our crime problem,” he told Eyewitness News Online.

“If government feels it’s best to go forward and ask the Bahamian people, then that’s their right.

“The majority of the Bahamian people are pro-capital punishment, but I am not.”

Amid calls from domestic and international organizations for an abolishment of capital punishment in The Bahamas, Attorney General Carl Bethel said in March that capital punishment is not going anywhere.

The issue of capital punishment in The Bahamas has repeatedly been the subject of widespread public debate over the years.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis reiterated support for the measure a year ago.

At the time, however, Minnis said he was bound by the law.

He said the matter will be discussed in Cabinet.  Read more >>