TODAY: December 10, 2004, Senegal abolishes the death penalty.

Established in the 1960s, the death penalty became an integral part of the penal code for decades. It remained so though it was to be applied twice during its existence.

The provision of the penal code was later on repealed with the arrival of President Abdoulaye Wade who decideed to abolish it on December 10, 2004.

Established by the Senegalese penal code, at the beginning of independence, the death penalty remained for four decades.

During this period, it was applied twice: first against Abu Ndaffa Faye, who murdered MP Demba Diop in April 1967 and Moustapha Lô, accused of attempting to kill President Senghor during the Tabaski prayer of the same year.

After having ratified international texts and conventions, Senegal could only go towards the suppression of the law relating to the death penalty to be in conformity with its signatures.

Thus, pushing President Wade to make a declaration in the direction of the abolition of the said law on July 15, 2004. This exit will have the immediate consequence the adoption in council of minister of law abolishing the death penalty, July 29, 2004. It becomes the 79th country to have removed this law.

Subject to the approval of the National Assembly, the draft law abolishing the death penalty will be voted on December 10, 2004 to de facto amend articles 337 and 346 of the Penal Code.

The deletion will thus be recorded. But in the face of the recrudescence of murderers in recent years, the debate for its restoration arises sharply between the pro-death penalty and human rights activists.