Madagascar and Its People

Madagascar and Its People

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...and according to the effect produced the decision was pronounced. This superstitious practice is now a thing of the past; for by the treaty concluded with the British Government in 1865, the use of the poison-ordeal for any purpose was for ever abolished in the island. On public occasions of state-ceremonial, the judges are usuallv dressed in the flowing laruba of dark-red silk with handsome striped borders of brighter colours. They generally wear also a black silk hat of French or English make. In the paper presented to the late Queen Rasoherina for acceptance, before she was invested with royal power, amongst other provisions was the following clause: --" Kb person is to be put to death for any offence by the word of the sovereign alone; and no one is to be sentenced to death, till twelve men have declared such person to be guilty of the crime to which the law awards the punishment of death." It is difficult to tell by whose suggestion such a stipulation was inserted in the new constitution; probably some of the officers had heard of trial by jury being considered as a great safeguard of English liberty, and they desired that it should be extended to Madagascar. I never heard of its being actually adopted in any case, but it is an interesting fact that Such a provision should have been made for the better carrying-out of justice, and is another testimony to the admiration of the intelligent part of the people for English institutions. Perhaps the introduction of trial by jury would not be advisable until education and Christianity have more fully leavened Malagasy society, but we may hope that it will at some future day become an essential part of their constitution. The punishments awarded for crime in Madagascar are severe, and sometimes more

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236667824
  • 9781236667823