Justice Kasule calls for law on death penalty

By Ritah kemigisa.

Court of Appeal judge Remmy Kasule has called for the operationalization of a law to affect the constitutional and Supreme Court’s ruling that the death penalty is not mandatory.

In 2009, the Supreme Court ruled against the death penalty in a case filed by over 400 people on death row led by murder convict Susan Kigula who was awaiting execution.

Court ruled that all death sentences be converted after a person serves three years on death row.

According to Kasule, the failure to have this ruling put into a law has created a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to sentencing.

He says the presence of the life imprisonment sentence has since raised a lot of questions that remain unanswered.

Justice Kasule thus challenges Members of Parliament to enact a law to clearly define what life imprisonment means.