Following the horrid murder of two children in Constantine earlier this month, there have been protests calling for the application of the death penalty in cases of proven murder. Many people felt very angry about the current situation wherein most criminals are released during the Presidential Grace period which occurs every year. Many Algerians now understand human rights as meaning criminal rights or the right of criminals to kill, assault and steal and get 5 star treatment, or indeed get away with it! This is because the human rights cabal always comes out in force whenever a monstrous crime like the one mentioned above shakes the public opinion and brings the application of the death penalty back onto the discussion table.
For information, death penalty is still given by judges as a sentence but its actual application has been suspended since 1993 (during the civil war period). Recently, Farouk Ksentini, chairman of the National Advisory Commission for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights (CNCPPDH), argued that if we were to execute child rapists and murderers like the nasty specimen who willingly caused the death of two innocent children, then that would mean that we will need to execute all the people who committed murders during the civil war and who were forgiven in the civil concord programme which the government pursued in order to reinstate peace. I don’t understand why that would be so as from my understanding, people who committed murders during the civil war were not elligible for the civil concord grace arrangements. Of course, we hear all the time about known terrorists (having committed actual murders and rapes) and who still benefitted from the material advantages pf the civil concord programme but who knows anyway. Things were so scrambled back then that it was pretty hard to pinpoint who was who or done what.
But things are different for this case. The murderers are known and this is not their first rape, neighbors have testified that they are known pedophiles who have engaged in child molestation and even rape before. How can this case be compared to the civil war anarchy? Farouk Ksentini came back later to say that it could be conceivable that the death penalty be applied in such cases, but that was because the public opinion was positively boiling. Many representatives of the government (including Imams) and other institutions felt that they ought to be pacifying the crowds. But that only shows that human rights advocates in Algeria are only parroting vacuous words which they are quite willing to change under pressure from public opinion. I mean, if Mr. Ksentini really believed in human rights and the abolutionist stance towards the death penalty, he shouldn’t have changed his opinion so easily.
I am for the execution of murderers, not just child murderers but all murderers. It is a question of principle and I am for the principle of retaliation. I am conscious of all the arguments against the death penalty and I frankly find them all silly and merely missing the wood for the trees. It is not about preventing further murders as as long as Man will inhabit the Earth, there will be murders, it is about a very simple principle, whoever kills willingly should be killed. All the bla bla about human justice not being perfect is just irrelevant.