Retributive I am against death penalty – Justice Apau

Appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament in Accra Tuesday, Justice Apau said he used to be a proponent of death penalty because he thought “it was a deterrent form of punishment.”

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Justice Yaw Apau, who is being vetted for the Supreme Court, has indicated that death penalty must not stay in Ghana’s law books.

Appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament in Accra Tuesday, Justice Apau said he used to be a proponent of death penalty because he thought “it was a deterrent form of punishment.” But when he realised a lot of innocent people had suffered from that, he changed his stance.

“I am against death penalty as a Christian and it is retributive and an aspect of the Mosaic Law,” he told the committee.

Justice Apau, who was recently the Sole Commissioner on Judgment Debts, added that, “If someone has killed, why the State should also kill? Why do we make laws to kill? We can put him away and leave justice for the Lord to determine… It’s better to acquit 99 persons than to convict one innocent person.”

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