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May 21 2010 | ANGOLA


Minister of Justice remembers in Sant'Egidio's congress the brand of Constitution on death penalty's abolition

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Angola: Constitution Bans Death Penalty

LuandaAngola's Justice minister, Guilhermina Prata, explained on Wednesday here that the country's constitution prohibits death penalty and guarantees the humanist Commitment of juridical order, as a supreme respect to life, Angop has learnt.

The government official, who was speaking at the fourth international congress of the Justice Ministers, that took place on Monday and Tuesday in Italy, explained that death penalty in Angola were extinguished in 1870, and practised at exceptional title after the independence, in 1975, having the 1992 Constitution Law abolished it.

She said that in matters of human rights, the Angolan constitution promulgated on February 05, 2010, is not out from what was in the 1992 Constitution Law, with regard to death penalty.

"We are a country that has seen many people dying. We know the pain that death represents. We know the horror and incredulity before men cruelty, therefore we will always defending right to life", the Minister said.

Organised by Saint' Egidio, the gathering took place under the motto From Moratorium towards abolition of death penalty: there is not justice without life.

Italy's President, Giorgio Napolitano, and representatives of judicial organs of that European country attended the event.

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