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LGBTQ+: Afenyo-Markin opposes custodial sentence

The Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin has opposed the idea of imposing a custodial sentence on individuals involved in LGBTQ+ activities.

This was after Parliament endorsed a minimum custodial sentence of three years and a maximum of five years for individuals found to be willfully promoting, sponsoring, or supporting LGBTQ+ activities.

Additionally, those caught engaging in such activities will face a minimum sentence of six months and a maximum of three years.

But the Deputy Majority leader on the floor of Parliament said custodian sentence is not the way to go.

“It is my contention that given the state of our prisons, a custodial sentence will not lead to the rehabilitation of the offender if he is convicted; it cannot be an option” he stressed.

The Effutu legislator expressed dissatisfaction with the condition of the country’s prisons and contended that, they would not offer the necessary rehabilitation for offenders of the law.

Mr. Afenyo-Markin added that, review that punitive measures would not contribute to the rehabilitation of the individual in question.

“If indeed we are promoting Ghanaian family values, then our Ghanaian family values will not entail the consequence of those who breach them being destroyed in society” Mr. Afenyo-Markin said.


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