Decree delaying anti-torture law shot down


Court rules police must enforce Act

The Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled by a majority that an executive decree postponing the enforcement of key provisions of the law against torture and enforced disappearance was unconstitutional.

In its 8:1 ruling, the court said the decree, which sought to postpone the enforcement of Sections 22–25 of the Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearance Act until Oct 1 this year, violated Section 172 of the constitution.

The ruling was sought by a group of 100 former MPs in late February via the House speaker following concerns that the decree postponing the four sections could fall foul of the charter.

The Act was published in the Royal Gazette on Oct 25 last year and was set to take…

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