GUINEA: DEATH PENALTY ABOLITION PROPOSED IN NEW PENAL CODE
May 23, 2015: After three years of work, the proposed amendments to the Penal Code were validated in a ceremony held in Kindia. According to jurists, "Guinea is adopting a new criminal law that respects human rights."
In his speech at the ceremony, Mrs. Sidy Souleymane N'Diaye, prosecutor at the Court of First Instance in Dixinn and also chairwoman of the Penal Code review committee, pointed out some major changes to the Penal Code, including the proposal to abolish the death penalty, replacing it with life imprisonment with a minimum term of imprisonment during which inmates cannot be granted work release, pardon or parole.
In his validationâs address, the Minister of Justice, Mrs. Cheik Sacko, remarked that, in a State governed by the Rule of Law, it was important that legislation and judicial norms were "in line with international commitments, conventions and treaties that Guinea has ratified." (Sources: guineenews.org, 24/05/2015)