Responding to the recent UN condemnation of Brunei’s implantation of Shariah law – including stoning gay people to death – the country’s second minister of foreign affairs has responded. In a letter sent to UN officials, Erywan Yusof writes that the change in the law is intended to “educate, deter, rehabilitate and nurture” citizens. Yusof claims that the “law Leggi Tutto
SINGAPORE - A month after starting work for a family in Telok Kurau, an Indonesian maid became so homesick and filled with longing for her lover in Hong Kong, that she hatched a "ruthless plan" to kill her employer.Daryati, 26, wanted to get her passport that was kept in a safe and to steal money
It was the kind of question no one could imagine. “So if in this case, and this is an if, you were picked for the jury and you did find the defendant — me — guilty of … starving a child, my own child, and burning her body, would you be able to consider life with parole as an Leggi Tutto
Last-minute appeal seeks new trial as King maintains his innocenceOnly 2 of 2019's 5 (so far) scheduled executions have taken place; the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted Mark Robertson a stay on April 8 – 3 days before his execution date – "pending further order." Robertson's last appeal
In the early morning of April 5, 1984, a prison vehicle brought me from the execution chamber to the front gates of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where I promptly bent over in the dark and threw up. I had just witnessed a man electrocuted to death at the hands of my state. His
Tiffany Moss is accused of starving her stepdaughter and burning her body."No questions, your honor."Tiffany Moss uttered that phrase twelve times today as she represented herself in a death penalty case. She’s the Gwinnett woman accused of starving her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Emani Moss, and
The police found their fingerprints and identified the perpetrators.The Criminal Court of Sharjah awarded death sentence to 8 men for armed robbery at a money exchange center in Sharjah.The court accused the African nationals of armed robbery, public assault and seizing money by force, Emarat Al
LONDON, April 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The European Parliament on Thursday strongly condemned Brunei for introducing “retrograde” Islamic laws that punish gay sex and adultery with death by stoning.The Muslim-majority sultanate has drawn global condemnation from the United Nations
Violence can and does occur anywhere at any time to anyone. While our current mass shooting epidemic has thrust this fact of being alive into our daily consciousness, I learned this lesson long ago. First, I learned when I was mugged and stabbed in the early ’90s during my freshman year at Tufts
The foreign ministry has confirmed that 2 Indians, Satwinder Kumar of Hoshiarpur and Harjeet Singh of Ludhiana, have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia on charges of murdering a fellow Indian. The 2 were executed on February 28 this year.The Indian embassy in Riyadh, however, was not informed by the
2 prisoners were executed on charges related to murder and drug offenses at Adel-Abad, the main prison of the Iranian city of Shiraz. The 2 were sentenced to death, both for murder and drug offenses. However, it seems the executions were related to the qisas (retribution in kind) for murder
Juan Melendez spent 17 years, eight months and one day on Florida’s death row for a murder he didn’t commit.It took years and several defense attorneys before evidence was discovered to exonerate him, so Melendez sat alone in his prison cell waiting for the state to kill him.Death never came, but
Execution sedative’s effectiveness at issue in federal case that begins TuesdayA federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted
An Iraqi court has sentenced 4 members of Daesh organization to death by hanging over their participation in terrorist attacks in Iraq and Syria.The Karkh Criminal Court in Baghdad handed Daesh terrorists the death penalty for conducting a number of terrorist attacks against security forces and
A striking piece of Houston history sold earlier this week on eBay, a reminder of how criminal justice was once meted out in Harris County.The medal, about the size of a quarter, depicts a hooded, suit-wearing figure hanging from the gallows. Inscribed on the front is the name Henry McGee, his
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Opponents of capital punishment began the Nevada legislative session bolstered by the governor's general disapproval of the death penalty.But two bills that would have banned the punishment didn't receive hearings and failed last week due to a legislative
An Iraqi court has sentenced an Islamic State militant to death by hanging over his involvement in several sniper attacks in the country.The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad handed the Islamic State militant the death penalty for shooting dead several security forces and members of the Popular
Brunei has issued a letter defending its new policy imposing the death penalty for gay sex, claiming executions will be rare.The country issued a formal letter ahead of a European Union debate on whether the country’s harsh new penal code violates human rights standards.Homosexuality was already
SC commutes sentence to lifeSevere mental illness in a condemned person post his conviction is a factor for commuting the death penalty, the Supreme Court has held.The court held that mental illness formed post-conviction deprived the death row prisoner of his ability “to understand the
A South Dakota case reflects the national debate on whether execution should be banned for the mentally ill.Aleesha DeKnikker was grocery shopping, her phone set to silent, when the voicemail from her mother, Carol Simon, came in: “Oh, it’s just Mom. Your brother has really lost it, Aleesha...
Jeffrey Wogenstahl was supposed to die today.If things had gone according to plan, he would have been strapped to a table this morning and injected with lethal drugs.His loved ones, lawyers and the family of the 10-year-girl he was convicted of killing could have watched.But that won't
Iraq has begun trial proceedings for nearly 900 Iraqi suspected members of the Islamic State group caught fleeing jihadist territory in neighbouring Syria, a judicial source told AFP on Sunday.They were handed over to Iraqi authorities by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which ousted IS
She’s produced no list of witnesses she plans to call at trial. She has yet to look over the boxes of discovery turned over to her by the state. She brings no documents, not even a legal pad, with her into the courtroom.Yet on Monday, Tiffany Moss will represent herself as Gwinnett County
Without clemency from the governor, Don Johnson will be put to death on May 16As detailed in his application for clemency, which was delivered to Gov. Bill Lee earlier this month, Johnson’s mother Ruby was married to a relentlessly brutal man named James Lee who “throughout their 46 years of
A man who was sentenced to death for drug charges, hanged on Monday morning at Dastgerd Prison in the Iranian city of Isfahan. According to IHR sources, prisoner Abdollah Ghanbarzehi, 29, was executed on April 15, 2019. He was from the Iranian southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan. A
Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 19, 2019: Three prisoners were executed for murder at Iranian western city of Ilam’s Central Prison yesterday.According to Rokna, on the morning of Thursday, April 18, three prisoners were executed at Ilam prison. All were sentenced to death on murder charges. More
House Democrats cite other prioritiesOlympia -- A bill to eliminate the death penalty from Washington’s statutes won’t reach the governor’s desk to become law this year.The Senate passed a death-penalty abolition bill on Feb. 15 by a 28-19 margin, but the House did not vote on it by Wednesday’s
The first time Nusela Harun saw her son after his arrest, he had cigarette burns all down his neck in geometric patterns.“It was as if they enjoyed drawing on his neck," she told Middle East Eye.The nerves in his hands were damaged because of how he was hanged from his wrists during
A reporter who witnessed the execution in 2017 of Arkansas death-row inmate Kenneth Williams filed a motion Wednesday asking a federal judge to quash a subpoena directing him to testify at a trial starting next week on the constitutionality of the state's lethal-injection protocol.Kelly Kissel
Resolution would condemn Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing death penalty for gay sexEU officials on Wednesday accused Brunei of “rude” and “abusive” lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.Brunei has drawn
Reacting to the news that Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema will propose a draft law to abolish the death penalty, Marie-Evelyne Petrus Barry, Amnesty International West and Central Africa Director said:"This presidential announcement is a welcome move and, if the death penalty
Boycotts and sanctions are unlikely to persuade the tiny country to scrap its draconian anti-gay and adultery lawsBrunei is usually a quiet and tranquil country: crime is virtually unknown, traffic is light and its political scene is among the most stable in the region. Yet in recent weeks the
Supreme Court rejects appeal alleging anti-gay bias tainted a death sentenceA gay South Dakota prisoner’s claim that his death sentence was unconstitutionally tainted by homophobia was denied U.S. Supreme Court review.In rejecting Charles Rhines’ appeals on April 15, the justices declined to take
The attorney for accused murderer Aubrey Trail wants to discover whether Gov. Pete Ricketts, a staunch supporter of capital punishment, had any influence on the decision to seek the death penalty for Trail and his girlfriend.Attorney Ben Murray, Trail’s court-appointed defense attorney, filed a