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Imam: Nyasha killed worse than an animal

Saturday, March 18 2017

S U P P O R T I N G Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s death penalty stance, a Muslim cleric yesterday lamented that PC Nyasha Joseph was killed in a manner worse than an animal and the country’s politicians and judicial system should rally around Rowley to ensure convicted murderers are hanged.

Rowley, at Thursday’s post-Cabinet news briefing, announced fast-tracking measures to facilitate the death penalty implementation within the Pratt and Morgan five-year guideline in the wake of murders crossing over 105 with just two and a half months into the year. Missionary and Imam of the Anjuman Sunnat-ul-Jamaat Association’s mosque on Mucurapo Street, San Fernando, Mushtaq Sulaimani, told the congregation yesterday at the weekly prayer service, that Rowley’s call for the death penalty is in keeping with what both the Old Testament and the Qu’ranic law dictates - that for murder, the principle to adopt is “an eye for an eye”.

He said the country was reeling from Joseph’s murder and many citizens believe this country has descended into an animal society.

“You kill a police officer and dump her body like that? Someone who protects you and me? You would not kill an animal they way she was killed. And even animals do not kill in that manner. Oh man, where is your humanity? Where is your wisdom?” Sulaimani said, to oppose capital punishment is to fly in the face of the Qu’ran and the Old Testament. Attending the prayer service was retired judge Shafeyei Shah, Justice Robin Mohammed and outgoing president of the Assembly of Southern Lawyers Imran Khan. Sulaimani, however, said that it would be useless speaking about the death penalty if the judicial system does not function efficiently.

He said people witness everyday the contradiction in the criminal justice system where the prison van passes them like “lightening” on the road on its way to the courthouse, but the cases take years to start.

Crime, the Imam said, has spread a wave of terror in Trinidad and Tobago.



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