Is Larry Swearingen Innocent?Nine forensic experts say Swearingen is on death row for a murder he couldn’t have committed, yet Texas courts won’t grant a new trial.The state’s evidence against 41-year-old Swearingen was compelling. Eyewitnesses claimed to have seen him with Melissa Trotter on the day she went missing, December 8th, 1998, from the Lone Star College-Montgomery c...Read more
Saudi beheads two for murderPublic execution in Saudi ArabiaRiyadh: Saudi authorities on Tuesday beheaded two nationals for murder, including one who stabbed his wife to death and burned her corpse, the interior ministry said.Ali Mohammad Mahrazi was convicted of stabbing his wife Hunayna Khabrani repeatedly before he
India: 16 prisoners at risk of executionFollowing the recent execution of Ajmal Kasab, there is fear that Indian authorities may similarly execute other prisoners with petitions for mercy currently pending. On 21 November, the Indian government executed Pakistani national Ajmal Kasab, convicted for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai
Pakistan: Two dozen death row convicts in jail where Kasab was hangedPune : The Yerawada Central Jail, where Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab, convicted for 26/11 Mumbai attacks, was hanged last week, has over two dozen death row convicts awaiting execution, an official said Monday - the fourth anniversary of the carnage."Their execution papers are still in
UAE: Death row duo pardoned by victim’s familyDubai: Two prisoners at Dubai Central Jail who are on death row for a murder they committed in 2001 are to be deported after being pardoned by relatives of their victim.Serji Alexander Doboni from Russia who was 21 at the time of the crime and Sefiri Andre, an Ukrainian, will be freed after the
India executes Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Ajmal KasabMumbai: Nearly a week ahead of the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 attack, Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Kasab — who had been convicted and handed capital punishment for his involvement in the Mumbai mayhem — was hanged to death in Pune’s Yerawada central prison on Wednesday morning, in a
Norway’s Envoy Defends No Breivik Death SentenceThe 21-year sentence issued for mass murderer Anders Breivik is a proof of the functionality of the Norwegian legal system and should not be considered “naivety,” Norwegian Ambassador to Turkey Janis Bjorn Kanavin has told the Hürriyet Daily News. His remarks were an indirect response to Turkish
India votes against UNGA resolution banning death penaltyUnited Nations: India was among the 39 countries that voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution which called for abolishing the death penalty, saying every nation had the "sovereign right" to determine its own legal system. The non-binding resolution called for a moratorium on executions
Fugitive death-row convict arrested by Egyptian PoliceAccording to Al Youm Al Sabea newspaper, the man along with his wife lured a businessman into their home in 2009 on the pretext of sexually entertaining him and made away with his car and other valuables before killing him.It is alleged that the husband was the master brain behind the murder
Public Executions, Amputations And Flogging In Iran- 81 Executions In 10 Days- IHR Urges The International Community To ReactPublic hanging in DarabIran Human Rights, November 17: According to the reports from the Iranian state media two prisoners were hanged publicly the Iranian town of Darab (southern Iran) yesterday November 16.According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary in Fars Province two prisoners
Texas executes Ramon HernandezRamon HernandezHUNTSVILLE — A man who prosecutors have called a serial rapist and murderer was executed tonight by lethal injection.Ramon Hernandez had no last-minute appeals and a commutation request was denied.The U.S. Supreme Court refused last month to review Hernandez's death sentence and a
Singapore upholds mandatory death penalty despite some reformsSINGAPORE on Wednesday rejected calls to abolish executions, saying the death penalty is still necessary to deter serious crimes despite legal reforms designed to lessen its use.Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also minister for home affairs, said abolishing hanging would send the wrong
Three beheaded by the sword in Saudi Arabia, 70 executions so far this yearPublic execution in KSANovember 26, 2012: Saudi Arabia beheaded three men convicted of separate murders across the kingdom, the interior ministry announced.Mubarak al-Harithi and Obaidallah al-Harithi, whose nationality was not given, were executed in Mecca province for having stabbed and shot
After Kasab's execution, Afzal and Bhullar anxious about their futureFollowing Ajmal Amir Kasab's execution, the lone survivor of 26/11 attack, 2 terrorists facing death row and currently lodged in Tihar jail are believed to be very apprehensive of their future. According to Sunil Gupta, spokesperson of Tihar Jail, there was sense of uneasiness on Afzal's face after
Norway urges Indonesia to abolish death penaltyNorway on Monday urged Indonesia to abolish the death penalty and welcomed indications that Jakarta is distancing itself from capital punishment."We encourage Indonesia to formally establish a moratorium with a view to abolishing the death penalty," said Gry Larsen, state secretary of Norway's
Gaza: Hamas executes six suspected informants for IsraelNovember 20, 2012: Masked gunmen publicly shot dead six suspected collaborators with Israel in a large Gaza City intersection, witnesses said. An Associated Press reporter saw a large mob surrounding five of the bloodied corpses shortly after the killing.Some in the crowd stomped and spat on the
Christian Girl Accused of Blasphemy Acquitted by Pakistani CourtA Christian girl accused of blasphemy over the burning of the Koran has been acquitted by a Pakistani court, her lawyer said.Rimsha Masih, 11, faced the death penalty after being arrested in Islamabad in August when her neighbour Mohammed Khalid Chishti, a Muslim cleric, accused her of desecrating
Singapore Eases Death Penalty in Some Drug CasesSINGAPORE — The parliament of Singapore has approved legislation abolishing mandatory death sentences in some drug trafficking cases. The action came last Wednesday, according to a press release from the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers.Under the reform, judges will be able to commute death
Despite voters’ renewed support for death penalty, no California inmates are close to executionDeath House at San Quentin PrisonThis year, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Robert Fairbank’s appeal of his death sentence for the 1985 rape and murder of college student Wendy Cheek.With that rejection, Fairbank joined at least 13 other death row inmates who have completed the decadeslong capital
UAE: Ten face death for man's murder in Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi: Ten Asian youths are facing execution for intentional manslaughter after a gambling and drinking session turned into a bid for revenge, the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance revealed in a statement.Five male labourers of Asian nationalities, sat with five others of a different
Texas executes Preston HughesPreston HughesAUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas executed on Thursday a convicted murderer who stabbed a teenager and her toddler cousin to death in an empty field near his Houston apartment complex and who has spent half of his life on Death Row.Hughes, 46, was convicted of stabbing to death
Iran: Three hanged in publicIran Human Rights, November 14: Three prisoners were hanged publicly in Arak (central Iran) this morning, reported the Iranian state media today.According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary in Markazi Province three prisoners identified as Behzad (27), Mehdi (37) and Meysam (25) were
Indonesia: Yudhoyono Defends Clemency Gaffe, Says He's Been 'Very Selective'President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono defended on Friday his decision to grant clemency to drug convict Meirika Franola, who was found to still be running a drug business from her prison cell after the president commuted her death sentence.Yudhoyono reiterated a previous statement made by the
Governor Martin O’Malley attempts to repeal the death penalty in MarylandLast prisoner executed under Republican Robert Ehrlich as technicalities and inaction thus far keeps law at arms length.Martin O’Malley, the newly re-elected Governor of Maryland, will try once more to have the death penalty repealed in his state this coming January.O’Malley, a Democrat, tipped
Sri Lanka pushes to hang child abusers, women's rapistsSri Lanka is planning to introduce death penalty to child abusers and rapists, an official said on Friday.The minister in charge of the Child Development and Women's affairs has proposed to the parliament to impose death sentence or life imprisonment to offenders who are convicted of child abuse
Execution Ends Moratorium on Death Penalty; Hanging Erodes Pakistan's Most Tangible Human Rights SuccessAfter a 4-year unofficial moratorium, Pakistan has reverted to the odious practice of sending people to the gallows. Instead, the government should declare an official moratorium, commute all existing death sentences, and then abolish the death penalty for all crimes once and for all.The Pakistani
Six 'terrorists' hanged in mass Afghanistan executionsKabul: Afghanistan on Wednesday executed six "criminals and terrorists", an official said, a day after eight other death row prisoners were hanged in a rare mass executions in the war-wracked country.The Taliban, which is leading an insurgency against the Western-backed government, had warned
Afghanistan executes eight prisonersAfghanistan executed eight prisoners on death row Tuesday with more executions expected soon, officials said, marking a rare use of the death penalty in the war-wracked country.The eight had been convicted of crimes including murder, kidnapping and rape, deputy attorney general Rahmatullah Nazari
Saudi Arabia beheads Palestinian for setting up gangRiyadh: A Palestinian was beheaded in Saudi Arabia on Monday after being convicted of forming a gang to carry out robberies in the kingdom, the interior ministry said.Mohammad Al Khalili “formed a gang with others that carries out thefts, burglaries, and robbery against homes,” said the statement
Death Sentences for drug offences in Pakistan have tripled since 2009According to a new report launched today Pakistan saw a threefold increase in death sentences handed down for drug offences between 2009 and 2011. The report's findings will raise concern for British national Khadija Shah who is currently facing the death penalty in Pakistan where she is imprisoned
Saudi Arabia: Bangladeshi beheaded over Syrian’s murderRiyadh: Saudi Arabia on Saturday beheaded a Bangladeshi convicted of murdering a Syrian man by bludgeoning him with a hammer before stabbing him, the interior ministry said.Madhaheb Shanadra had been found guilty of beating Nabeel Al Awdat on his “head with a hammer before stabbing and
Pakistan carries out first execution in four years(Reuters) - Pakistan executed its first prisoner in four years on Thursday, hanging a convicted murderer who was a former army serviceman, police said.Despite the execution of Muhammad Hussain in northwest Pakistan, activists do not expect the country's moratorium on the death penalty to be lifted
AG Says DNA Tests Implicate Hank Skinner in '93 MurdersDNA testing that death row inmate Hank Skinner sought for more than a decade further implicates him in the New Year’s Eve 1993 triple murder for which he was sentenced to die, according to an advisory that the Texas Attorney General’s Office filed Wednesday in Gray County state district court. But
Ohio executes Brett HartmanBrett HartmanOhio on Tuesday executed a condemned killer who claimed he was innocent of stabbing a woman 138 times, slitting her throat and cutting off her hands.The time of death for Brett Hartman was 10:34, said warden Donald Morgan of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville."I'm