Peru and the Death Penalty: Could Joran Van Der Sloot Be Executed
Does Peru Have the Death Penalty?
Now that Joran Van Der Sloot has been captured in Chile and facing charges for a crime committed in Peru, many are wondering if he could receive the death penalty if convicted for the murder of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez.
Peru is one of nine countries in the world that does have the death penalty, but only for crimes 'committed in exceptional circumstances'. This means crimes that are committed in times of war or genocide or crimes under military law. Murder is considered an 'ordinary crime' and so if Joran Van Der Sloot is found guilty of killing Stephany Flores it is not likely that he will face the death penalty as part of his punishment.
In early 2007, President Alan Garcia wanted to introduce the death penalty for terrorists convicted in Peru, but the bill was rejected. At the time a poll determined that over 70% of Peru's citizens favored capital punishment, but if the country expanded the death penalty it would mean breaching the American Convention of Human Rights. Peru has signed this agreement.