A twenty-six year old man by name Ibrahim Fuseini has been Sentenced to Death by Hanging according to a Wa High court Ruling on Wednesday 19th of July 2023.
He was charged with murder contrary to Section 46 of the Criminal Offenses Act 1960(Act 29). Ibrahim Fuseini used a cutlass on his mother by name Zenabu Fuseini on the 6th Day of September 2019, about 6:30am at Chaari-Bassi in the Nadowli-Kaleo District of Upper West Region.
According a Statement from the Wa High Court, it reads:
Ibrahim Fuseini, Aged 26, Farmer: On or about the 6th day of September,
2019, at about 6:30am at Chaari-Bassi village in the Nadowli Kaleo District in the Upper West Region, you intentionally caused the death of one ZENABU FUSEINI by unlawful harm by inflicting cutlass wound on the right side of her neck.
Dated At The Office Of The Attorney-General, Wa This 11th Day Of June 2020.
Meanwhile, Members of Parliament on July 14th 2023 were unable to agree over a report presented by the Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Committee that seeks to amend some parts of the Criminal Offences Act.
The proposed amendment bill will substitute the death penalty with life imprisonment.
Ghana’s death penalty was inherited from the colonial administration as a punishment for murder, attempted murder, genocide, piracy, and smuggling of gold or diamonds, however, since 1993, no president has signed a death warrant for the execution of offenders.
During a discussion of the amendment bill, the legislators raised varying opinions on the abolishment of the death penalty.
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