Africa & World News

Botswana hangs to death two convicted murderers

By AFP

BOTSWANA, one of the few democracies to still enforce the death penalty, on Saturday executed two men convicted of murder.

The latest executions bring to four the number of hangings since President Mokgweetsi Masisi was elected last October.

Moabi Seabelo Mabiletsa, 33, and his co-accused Matshidiso Tshid Boikanyo, 39, were hanged to death in the capital Gaborone, the prison services said in a statement.

The two were handed the death sentence for the murder of a taxi driver six years ago.

Botswana, which previously executed a man last month and another one in December, is the only country in southern Africa still regularly hanging convicts.

The death penalty has been legal in Botswana since its independence from Britain in 1966.

Nearly three-quarters of the world’s 195 states have either abolished the punishment or not carried it out over the past decade, according to rights group Amnesty International.

ALSO ON ZIMVOICE:
China 'urged' WHO to 'delay a global warning' about Covid-19 outbreak
Tags
Back to top button
Close
Close

We've noticed that you are using an ad blocker.

Advertising helps fund our journalism and keeps Zimbabwe Voice News truly independent. It helps us pay our news team, technical team as well as third parties that help keep this site up and in good shape. Please help us by turning off your ad blocker. Thank you!