Published On: Mon, Sep 24th, 2012

PNP wants to amend new criminal legislation

WILLEMSTAD - PNP believes that the new criminal legislation in Curaçao, which a prisoner who was sentenced to life has a chance for reprieve, should be reconsidered. This is according to the political party PNP in response to the case of James Murray, the man who in 1979 killed six year old Darly Lai.

The amendments gives detainees who have been sentenced to life, after serving twenty years, the right to be reassessed with a chance to a possible early release. "When it became known that the amendment was possible that Murray could end up at large which sparked many protests from the community," according to PNP.

The party believes that the amendment should be reconsidered and annulled "the feeling of peace in society is affected. " The current government had the law sent to the Parliament without informing society of the unpleasant consequences that the amendment could bring with it. An extensive information campaign to society would have been in place before the law was handled, "said PNP.

"It is hoped that the Minister of Justice, is able this time to listen to the community and to come up with an amendment to prevent Curacao getting an unpleasant surprise again" emphasizes the party. "If this is not the case, then PNP will assume its responsibility, as soon as the party is in government, it will propose the necessary change to the amendments."

Darly Lai
Murray murdered in 1979, the six-year Darly Lai. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and 33 years has now passed. The possibility of his early release was a first for Curacao. Last Friday, the judge ruled that Murray will not be released early.

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