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Title:Capital and corporal punishments in liberia (1971-1985)
Author:Thomas-Queh, J.
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:capital punishment
corporal punishment
Abstract:The period 1971-1985 constitutes the Tolbert administration and the military regime in Liberia. This decade and a half saw the official public execution of 48 politicians, soldiers and common criminals, as well as more than 250 cases of corporal punishment. In 1971, President Tolbert re-instituted the death penalty; in 1977, he issued an Executive Order introducing public flogging of criminals. Unlike Tolbert, who gave the impression that public executions and flogging were his government's 'criminal policy', the military regime executed politicians, soldiers and common criminals indiscriminately. This paper establishes a chronological overview of the executions and whippings, and discusses the public response to them and the effect of the death penalty on the judiciary system. Bibliogr., notes.