Witchcraft trial adds 7 more to Tanzania's death row

A recent witchcraft trial in Tanzania has led to a further seven people being added to the well over 500 convicts believed to be on death row. The case illustrates the difficult position in which Tanzanian courts find themselves: the death penalty is still applicable to murder and a few other serious offences and just three months ago the high court declared it was unable to change the law in relation to the death penalty.

The first time I heard the death penalty passed in court was a moment I have never forgotten. And even though I witnessed courts pronouncing that sentence a number of times in the years that followed, the shock of the actual words was something that always hit me.
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