St Kitts PM vows to uphold executions
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - The premier of St. Kitts and Nevis says he intends to enforce the death penalty despite condemnation from international human rights groups.
Prime Minister Denzil Douglas says there is «overwhelming support» for capital punishment in the tiny Caribbean nation.
In December, St. Kitts carried out its first hanging in a decade and the first execution in the Caribbean outside Cuba since 2000.
It prompted criticism from organizations such as Amnesty International, but Douglas says islanders are fed up with «the brutality» of rising killings and other violent crime.
Douglas spoke to reporters Wednesday night. He is also St. Kitts' security minister.