Over 80 year old and frail death row Prisoner has been awaiting his time to be executed since 1993, the Amnesty International has revealed.
It’s unclear the sex of the inmate, but reports say the prisoner as old as he/she may be has been languishing under the torturous condition in condemned cells.
The Country Director of Amnesty International, Mr Robert Akoto Amoafo who disclosed this in an interview with Kasapa Fm, reiterated that death penalty ought to be abolished in law and in practice, arguing it’s inhuman to retain death penalty law.
He said his outfit has increased momentum on efforts to engage parliament on abolishing the law.
“Death penalty is not good for our development as a nation. It must be removed and substituted with life sentence without parole or life sentence with hard labour. Don’t forget we are using the country’s resources to feed them everyday”
He mentioned that Ghana needed to learn from other sub-Saharan African countries, including Guinea and Kenya, that had abolished the death penalty.
Some 180 condemned prisoners are languishing on death row at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison because successive Presidents had, since 1993, refused to sign their death warrants.
The condemned prisoners include 174 men and six women, with many of them being sentenced to death by hanging for murder.
The Nsawam Medium Prison is the only prison in the country with a condemned block that can hold 200 prisoners.