Nemani Delaibatiki: No Parole Move Will Act As A Deterrent

Prisoners convicted of serious crimes like murder and rape must serve their entire sentence. It will send a strong message that there will be no mercy – you commit a crime you do the time.
24 Nov 2019 13:14
Nemani Delaibatiki: No Parole Move Will Act As A Deterrent
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum


The enactment of a new law to make offenders of serious crimes like murder and rape serve their entire sentence without parole was long overdue.

It will bring relief to people who have had some sort of experience in dealing with the impact of these heinous crimes.

Many victims continue to deal with the emotional trauma caused by scars, physically and mentally. Some of the victims never fully recover because the emotional scars stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Their families and relatives suffer from pain and anguish. Nothing can fully compensate for their loss.

Those who were watching the Parliament sitting on Friday would agree with the urgency in which the Attorney-General, Aiyaz-Sayed-Khaiyum presented the Bill to amend the Corrections Services Act 2006. It showed that the Government  is taking a hardline stand against serious crimes like murder, rape, aggravated robbery, assault and sexual offences.

The  Corrections Service Amendment Act 2019 was passed by Parliament on Friday.

The Act meant that prisoners who previously were eligible for parole would now forfeit them.

The anomaly in the parole provision was highlighted in recent cases, in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

In one case it was recognised that the convict cannot be released prior to the completion of the non-parole period.

But in another case, a ruling had said the remission now applied for the entire 10 years irrespective of whether the non-parole period is nine years.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said if we were to follow this approach the remission for prisoners convicted of serious crimes like rape and other sexual offences, aggravated robbery, manslaughter and murder, would change significantly and prisoners would be released at an earlier date.

He said it sent a very wrong message.

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