Opinion, Politics

Jordan Lifts Moratorium on Capital Punishment

Some argue against the death penalty by claiming that courts can be wrong. It is possible that they make erronous rulings on crimes. Nonetheless, it is illogical to eliminate the basis of a law. Just because there could be a one percent chance of the detainee’s’ innocence does not make it legitimate to completely abandon the use of death penalty. It just means that the court should be more judicious in sentencing criminals to death. In order to assure this, Dr. Momani, Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications, announced that in many cases, implementation of the death penalty is delayed to allow for reconciliation between the opposing sides in premeditated murder cases. He also added that court verdicts on the death penalty are automatically appealed at the Court of Cassation, which has to uphold the verdict, stressing that the practice of execution is not a light matter. Once the Court of Cassation upholds a death sentence, the case is sent to the Cabinet for endorsement and a Royal Decree should be issued to approve the executor. Obviously then, executions take place with full confidence and authenticity, and there is absolutely no mistakes or miscarriages in contrast to what Charlotta Spare, Swedish Ambassador to Jordan, reported. Of course that is not to mention that the 11 men all admitted their atrocious murdering.

Britain, Sweden, and Human Rights agencies condemned Jordan for its recent action, describing the death penalty as an ‘inherently cruel punishment’ and encouraging Jordan to to ultimately abolish it completely from the Jordanian law. No matter how valid the points they raised are, there is absolutely no need for their interference. A nation’s legal system should stay an internal affair, and in this case, only the Jordanian government and public should have a say concerning the debate.

Whether Jordan should stay strong and continue the implementation of death penalty or freeze it again is up to the Jordanian government and public to decide. All we can do is to hope for the security, peace, and prosperity for this beloved country no matter what path it chooses to attain that.

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