CCJ Says No to Mandatory Life Sentence for Murderers in Belize

29 Mar 2018

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) today decided that life sentences for murder in Belize are to be imposed at the discretion of the sentencing judge, and not as mandatory sentences. This was the interpretation given by the Court to the new legislation passed by the Government of Belize mere days before the consolidated appeals of Mr. Gregory August and Mr. Alwin Gabb were heard at the CCJ. The CCJ’s decision not only concerned the two men who appealed, but also has serious implications for the several other prisoners currently serving life sentences for murder.

 

Access the full Media Release here: CCJ Media Release 09_2018