3 Jul 2013

Vanuatu government considers introducing death penalty

6:43 pm on 3 July 2013

Vanuatu's Minister for Justice and Community Services, Silas Yatan, says the government may bring in the death penalty.

This follows several recent killings, including the murder of two women.

A pregnant woman was stabbed and killed by her drunken partner and a 21-year old woman, whose body was found floating in a river, was allegedly stabbed and killed by her partner.

One man has surrendered to the police while another suspect is still on the run.

Vanuatu has never had a death penalty law.

Papua New Guinea announced earlier this year its intention to re-introduce the death penalty for major crimes.