Capital punishment in Botswana

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Capital punishment is a legal penalty in Botswana. It is one of a few democracies which continue to enforce it. The death sentence is usually issued upon murder under aggravated circumstances and is carried out by hanging. There is on average one execution per year, and the execution usually takes place few years after trial. One execution was carried out in 2016,[1] and two so far[when?] in 2018.

A widely recognized case was that of Mariette Bosch, a South African immigrant who was sentenced to death for murdering her lover's wife. She was sentenced in 1999 and executed two years later, one of the few white women ever officially executed in Africa.

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  1. ^ "Death sentences and executions in 2016". Retrieved 13 August 2017.

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