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Holness hanging suggestion hypocritical – Speid

During Sunday’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) 78th annual conference, seemingly frustrated with the escalating murder figures, Holness, who does not have a history of supporting the death penalty, surprisingly intimated that he would support the death penalty for persons found in possession of an illegal firearm

WESTERN BUREAU:

Former outspoken president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Owen Speid, has declared Prime Minister Andrew Holness as hypocritical for suggesting the death penalty for persons caught with illegal firearms, based on his robust rejection of Speid’s suggestion for the use of the cat-o’-nine back in 2019.

During Sunday’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) 78th annual conference, seemingly frustrated with the escalating murder figures, Holness, who does not have a history of supporting the death penalty, surprisingly intimated that he would support the death penalty for persons found in possession of an illegal firearm.

“For this, I would make an exception. Anyone found with an illegal gun should start with the death penalty,” said Holness, who was roundly applauded by the delegates in attendance.

However, Speid, who was accused of being barbaric when he suggested that hardened criminals should be flogged with the cat-o’-nine at the start of their sentence and at the end, thinks Holness’ suggestion is an indication that he does not have a settled position and was therefore hypocritical in belittling the suggestion he made shortly after becoming JTA president.

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