Sierra Leone lawmakers endorsed President Julius Maada Bio after they voted to abolish the death penalty, according to national media reports.
Describing the death penalty as inhumane, Bio said in a written statement, “As a nation, we have today exorcised the horrors of a brutal past.” used the phrase.
President Bio stated that with this new decision, they reaffirmed Sierra Leone’s belief in the sanctity of life.
Death sentences were generally commuted in the country, where no executions have been carried out since 1998.
On July 23, Sierra Leone lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of abolishing the death penalty and imposing a life sentence or at least 30 years in prison where necessary.
Deputy Minister of Justice Umaru Napoleon Koroma had previously announced that the decision to abolish the death penalty was taken in order to “protect the fundamental rights of citizens” in the country.
Former British colony, Sierra Leone, with a population of 7.5 million, is known as one of the poorest countries in the world.
The country was shaken by the civil war that killed 120,000 people in 1991-2002, and then by the ebola epidemic that continued from 2014 to 2016.