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A STRING OF death row inmates could soon have their sentences commuted – leading to freedom for them after years in prison.

The process started yesterday with the cases of murder convicts Tyrone Cadogan and Lennox Boyce – two of the 13 on death row.

Barbados is attempting to fulfil its international obligation to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), which had ruled that the island’s old mandatory death penalty was a breach of one of its articles, the right to life.

Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson sat as a High Court judge in No. 1 Supreme Court to review the punishment under the old law which has since been changed, so that the death penalty is no longer automatic upon conviction of murder.

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.