Freetown: Sierra Leone, a West African country, also abolished the death penalty. The death penalty is commuted to 30 years in prison or life imprisonment. Sierra Leone is the 23rd country on the African continent to abolish the death penalty. The bill was passed unanimously in Parliament. A moratorium on the death penalty has been in place since 1998 in a country that continues its colonial tradition in legal matters. The controversy erupted after the government assassinated 24 soldiers on suspicion of involvement in a 1997 military coup. At last count, 94 people had been sentenced to death in the country. Rights groups view the abolition of the death penalty as a milestone in the country’s human rights history. Malawi was the last African country to abolish the death penalty in April. Chad in 2020.