Ben Mullany dies in hospital as news breaks of Foreign Office meddling in Antiguan Law. So much for being tough on crime, this was one of the worst. The British government faces a potential diplomatic row with Antigua over the shooting of the honeymoon couple Catherine and Benjamin Mullany after demanding that anyone convicted of the crime will not face the death penalty. Antiguan officials told The Daily Telegraph that the Foreign Office attempted to make such a pledge a condition of allowing Scotland Yard detectives to fly out to help in the investigation. One senior Antiguan source said British officials initially demanded a signed guarantee from the countryâs Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer. The Antiguan interior minister told the Foreign Office that the government could not make any such pledge as the death penalty was decided by the Caribbean islandâs judiciary, which is technically independent. The British demand to its former colony is understood to have annoyed Antiguaâs leadership. Eight years ago, the two countries clashed diplomatically with its former colony after the UK tried to stop the execution of Steadroy McDougal for the murder of a Scottish woman and her boyfriend.â¨â¨ With Antiguan police struggling to find suspects in the shooting of Catherine and Benjamin Mullany, Britain has decided to dispatch a team of detectives despite the absence of any death penalty guarantee. However, the Foreign Office has made clear in strong terms to the Antiguans that it does not expect anyone convicted as a result of a British investigation to face capital punishment. A Foreign Office spokesman said that, âin parallelâ to the investigation, âwe will continue to seek assurances from the Antiguan government that anyone found guilty will not face the death penaltyâ.