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BARBADOS. FIRST DEATH PENALTY CASE TO GO NEW CARIBBEAN COURT

July 26, 2005: Barbados will take the first death penalty case to the Caribbean court that replaced the colonial-era Privy Council as the country's highest court of appeal, Barbados Attorney- General Mia Mottley said. Barbados will ask the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice to restore death sentences against Lennox Boyce, 28, and Jeffrey Joseph, 29, Mottley said during a conference in Trinidad. The pair had been convicted and sentenced to hang in 2002 for the murder of a 22-year-old woman. The Barbados High Court commuted their sentences to life imprisonment in June, ruling they would likely be on death row for an inhumanely long time while they wait for their cases to be heard in the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.
Mottley said the government would ask the Barbados High Court for leave to appeal to the Caribbean court.
"We have decided that we will appeal and as we speak today, the formal process of applying for leave ... is going ahead," she said.
Although the Caribbean court was inaugurated in April, Barbados and Guyana were the only two countries that had formally adopted it as their highest appellate court. Other countries were struggling to overcome legal and political obstacles to shedding their dependence on the 170-year-old Privy Council, the highest appellate body for most former British colonies in the Caribbean. (Sources: AP, 27/07/2005)

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IRAN. HANGING OF TEENAGERS VIOLATES INTL LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
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BOTSWANA. COURT QUASHES DEATH SENTENCE
INDIANA. CONNER EXECUTED FOR 1988 TRIPLE MURDER
TURIN, ITALY. PRESENTATION OF “THE DEATH PENALTY WORLDWIDE 2005 REPORT”
IRAN. MAN HANGED IN SOUTHERN PORT CITY FOR MURDER
LIBYA. HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP CONFIRMS EXECUTION OF FOUR EGYPTIAN NATIONALS
EUROPEAN UNION. EU CONCERNED OVER EXECUTION OF TWO IRANIAN BOYS
SAUDI ARABIA. INDIAN BEHEADED FOR KILLING COMPATRIOT
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CHINA. MAN ACCUSED OF FUKUOKA FAMILY MURDERS EXECUTED FOLLOWING FAILED APPEAL
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IRAN. NOBEL LAUREATE SLAMS TEEN HANGINGS
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GUANTANAMO BAY. US ADVISER RULES OUT DEATH PENALTY
CHINA. COURTS WARNED OVER DEATH PENALTY CONVICTIONS
CHINA. SIX MEN CONVICTED OF HOMICIDE PUT TO DEATH
OKLAHOMA, USA. PENNINGTON EXECUTED FOR 1991 MURDER
IRAN. TWO MEN PUBLICLY HANGED FOR RAPING TEENAGER
SAUDI ARABIA. MAN BEHEADED FOR MURDERING TEENAGER IN 54TH EXECUTION OF THE YEAR
LIBYA. 4 EGYPTIANS EXECUTED
RUSSIA. RF SHOULD RATIFY PROTOCOL ON DEATH PENALTY – MARGELOV
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IRAN. MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER HANGED PUBLICLY
LIBYA. TWO TURKISH NATIONALS EXECUTED FOR MURDER, TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY
IRAQ. GOVERNMENT APPROVES FIRST DEATH SENTENCE
VERMONT, USA. JURY RECOMMENDS DEATH FOR MAN IN FIRST DEATH PENALTY CASE FOR 50 YEARS

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