A gran on death row in Bali has ditched her legal battle to avoid facing a firing squad, telling them: "If you want to shoot me, shoot me. Get on with it." Linday Sandiford has been on death row since being jailed in 2013, after she was caught smuggling 10lbs of cocaine in her luggage on a flight from Leggi Tutto
Two Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong say chronic physical abuse by male family members prompted them to flee the kingdom, where they now fear they will be forcibly returned.The siblings are the latest example of Saudi women plotting their escape from the ultra-conservative kingdom only to find
The Senate passed a bill Friday to remove the death penalty from Washington state statute and replacing it with life in prison without parole.Senate Bill 5339 passed with 28 in favor, 19 opposed, with senators Phil Fortunado, R-Auburn and Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, excused.Republican senators
On death row in Malawi, Byson Kaula was nearly executed three times - but on each occasion the hangman stopped work before hanging all the prisoners on his list. So he survived… until the country stopped executing people altogether.Byson Kaula says jealous neighbours were responsible for him
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's attempt to regain jurisdiction over death-penalty cases ended Tuesday at the U.S. Supreme Court when the nation's justices declined to consider his challenge to the ruling that bars him from presiding over capital-murder proceedings.Griffen, 66, had
HOUSTON, Texas -- A long legal fight over whether a Texas death row inmate could be executed ended Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the 59-year-old man is intellectually disabled and thus cannot be put to death.The Supreme Court's ruling came after prosecutors with the Harris County
Chhattisgarh man gets death penalty for raping, killing minorA court in Balod district of Chhattisgarh has sentenced a 50-year-old man to death for raping and murdering a 12-year-old girl in 2017.Balod District and Session Judge Rajendra Pradhan gave Jhaggar Yadav the death penalty after finding
Egyptian authorities executed nine young men on Wednesday morning despite calls by rights groups to halt the executions over due process violations, a source close to their families told Middle East Eye.The nine men were convicted of killing Egypt’s former prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat and
The NRC said their number includes four Dutch men, eight women and 15 children. The Netherlands has no intention of bringing back IS fighters despite US president Donald Trump’s call on European countries to do so, foreign minister Stef Blok has confirmed. ‘The Netherlands is not taking any IS
COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms claims that the death penalty will definitely be carried out on 13 inmates who are on death row and convicted of drug-related offences.A senior official of the Ministry noted that of the total 17 inmates who are on death row that 4
This teen says he's both Christian and gay - both death sentences in Iran - but Sweden's government says he's lyingA gay 19-year-old is fighting for survival as he fears being executed in his home country of Iran.Mehdi Shokr Khoda, who also identifies as Christian, is hoping he will be granted
The strength of the hangman’s noose which is slated to be imported will be tested with a 200 kilogramme stone, Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) Director General Dr. Siddhika Senaratne told the Sunday Times.“The existing noose was found to be damaged and unusable,” she said. It is 12 years old
After Alabama approved nitrogen hypoxia as an execution method last year, the biggest challenge seemed to be figuring out how to humanely carry out the death penalty with a never before used method of execution.But another hurdle may loom for Alabama as Oklahoma — the first state to approve
French jihadist Fabien Clain, who voiced a recording that claimed the 2015 Paris attacks for the Islamic State group, has been reported killed in Syria.Security sources told French media an air strike on Wednesday killed Clain in Baghuz, the last pocket held by IS.The US-led coalition fighting IS
New Hampshire lawmakers are once again considering a bill to repeal the death penalty, less than six months after failing to override Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of an identical measure.The state hasn’t executed anyone since 1939, and the repeal bill would not apply retroactively to
Weng Jen-hsien bought 20 liters of gasoline and waited until his family was celebrating Lunar New Year’s Eve together before he burst in and set them on fireThe Taiwan High Court yesterday upheld convicted arsonist Weng Jen-hsien’s (翁仁賢) death sentence.Weng, 53, had twice previously been found
A former policeman sentenced to hang in Malaysia for the murder of a young woman in a scandal linked to the country's ex-prime minister, has lost a bid for asylum in Australia.  Sirul Azhar Umar, who has been in Australian custody since fleeing Malaysia in 2015, has maintained that he was ordered
Billy Wayne Coble, 70, who was convicted of the 1989 slayings of his brother-in-law Bobby Vicha, a Waco police sergeant, and Vicha’s parents in Axtell, is set to die on Feb. 28, having exhausted all of his avenues to appeal.Coble, 70, learned last week the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals had
COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he is halting executions until the state devises a new lethal injection protocol that overcomes any court challenges.He did not issue a formal stay of all executions but said “Ohio is not going to execute someone under my watch when a federal judge
A Japanese man freed after 48 years on death row lives in fear he will be sent backIwao Hakamada (82) spends a lot of time in the neat apartment he shares with his sister gazing out the window. After 48 years in jail, most of it in solitary confinement waiting for the hangman, he lives mostly in
HELENA -- Those for and against the death penalty spoke Monday to Helena lawmakers about a House bill to abolish the practice, echoing themes from past legislative sessions when similar proposals failed.House Bill 350, sponsored by Rep. Mike Hopkins, R-Missoula, removes the death penalty and
TAIPEI: Taiwan hit out at Spain on Monday after two Taiwanese fraud suspects were deported to China over objections from the government in Taipei and human rights groups.Returning Taiwanese criminals to China has become a major source of friction between Beijing and Taiwan — and illustrates the
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Friday praised China’s use of capital punishment for drug dealers, suggesting that the United States would deal better with narcotics trafficking if it put offenders to death.In China, drug dealers get “a thing called the death penalty. Our criminal drug
The Ku Klux Klan rallying in support of a black man’s execution in Texas. The North Carolina death row warden wheeling a gurney into the execution chamber. Weeping family members at the moment of a loved one’s execution.These are just a few of the images captured in Scott Langley’s chilling death
OPEN LETTER BY KUMI NAIDOO ON THE DEATH PENALTYYour ExcellencyI am writing to plead for the lives of prisoners who may soon be put to death if executions resume in Sri Lanka.More than four decades ago, your country stopped the implementation of this ultimate, cruel, inhuman and degrading
While some might say Sister Helen Prejean has experienced great success in her fight to abolish the death penalty, she believes she’s only helped make some strides in the battle.After all, it’s hard to claim success when nearly 2,400 people remain on death row in the United States.“I don’t see
LAS VEGAS -- Two Democratic state lawmakers proposing an end to capital punishment are pointing to costly appeals and court-ordered postponements of a lethal injection case that ended last month when the inmate killed himself."It's a burden to taxpayers," said state Sen. James Ohrenschall, who is
A scheme that gives incentives based on convictions secured has seen 23 convicts getting capital punishment in the last year and a half from courts for raping and killing minorsMahendra Singh Gond of Satna district, the convict who raped a 4-year-old girl, was close to becoming the first man to
1 young Iranian prisoner, who was sentenced to death at just 15, is set to be executed soon, according to what his family was told by prison officials.Mohammad Kalhori was sentenced to death even though the medical examiner’s report says that he was not mentally mature at the time that he
The family of Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria aged 15, say they plan to challenge the move to strip her of UK citizenship.Her family's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said they were considering "all legal avenues" to contest the decision.Government sources said it was possible
In March 2012, the boy named Maharsh alias Bholu, son of a businessman, was kidnapped in Visnagar in Mehsana district. Two days later his body was found dumped on Deesa Road.A division bench of the Gujarat High Court Monday commuted death sentence to life imprisonment awarded to two men convicted
It’s clear that racism played a part in Keith Tharpe’s death sentence.There is no toxin more pernicious than hatred based on racial stereotypes. Despite progress in overcoming the sin of racism in recent years, racism still exists in American society—causing pain and hurt, and even leading to
Three Alcatraz inmates who pulled off one of the most infamous escapes in history have never been found. One of their cell mates says he knows why.It’s one of the most enduring prison mysteries of all time: what happened to the infamous Alcatraz escapees?One former inmate, William “Bill” Baker
As execution drugs have become more difficult for states to lawfully obtain and problematic executions have become more frequent, states have expanded their efforts to shield their execution-related activities from public scrutiny. In the latest episode of Discussions with DPIC, Robin Konrad