India: Judges support mercy, President rejects itIndia's president has rejected a mercy petition from Saibanna Ningappa Natikar, though 14 former judges have told him they believe the death sentence was wrongly imposed. Saibanna is at imminent risk of execution.Saibanna Ningapappa Natikar had petitioned the president for mercy, but the president rejected the petition on 4 January. He had been...Read more
Sri Lankan sentenced to death by Qatar courtJanuary 14, 2013: A Sri Lankan has been sentenced to death by a court in Qatar after he was found guilty of killing an Indian.Wengadasalm Sudeshkar (22) was charged with stabbing and killing an Indian expatriate. The incident occurred in 2011.Sudeshkar came to Qatar in 2010. The case is in appeal
USA: Death Penalty Support Stable at 63%January 9, 2013: Americans' support for the death penalty as punishment for murder has plateaued in the low 60s in recent years, after several years in which support was diminishing. 63% now favor the death penalty as the punishment for murder, similar to 61% in 2011 and 64% in 2010. Gallup first
Arizona court reduces Shawn Grell's death sentence to lifeThe Arizona Supreme Court reduced the death sentence of man who doused his own daughter with gasoline and watched her burn to death more than a decade ago in east Mesa.The court ruled in a decision announced Wednesday that Grell's sentence will be natural life in prison, without possibility of
Outgoing Montana governor declines to commute death sentence of Canadian Ronald SmithMontana's outgoing governor did not grant clemency to Canadian death row inmate Ronald Smith during his final hours in office.Smith, 55, had hoped that Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who finished his 2nd term Monday, would put an end to Smith's fight to avoid execution for the 1982 murders of 2
Saudi Arabia: Syrian beheaded for drug traffickingRiyadh: Saudi authorities on Tuesday beheaded a Syrian convicted of trafficking a large amount of narcotic pills, the interior ministry said, in the first execution in the kingdom this year.Mohammed Darwish was arrested “as he was trafficking a large amount of narcotic pills into the kingdom,” the
'Death penalty' for counterfeiting currencyDhaka, Jan 7 ( – A law providing even for 'death penalty' for counterfeiting currency is under consideration , say Bangladesh Bank Executive Director Ashim Kumar Dasgupta .The central bank is also introducing an analysis centre in Dhaka to combat large scale counterfeiting with
India: Lower juvenile age limit to 16 yearsMany state governments, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Goa, proposed on Friday that the law should be amended to reduce the upper age limit for juveniles from the present 18 years to 16 years.Attending a day-long conference of state DGPs and home
Singapore: 32 on death row can seek review of sentenceJanuary 1, 2013: They were facing certain death by hanging, but may now get a lifeline as changes to the mandatory death penalty in Singapore kick in from Jan 1.A key plank in the amendments to the Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code as well as the Misuse of Drugs Act will give these prisoners an
Oregon: Execution debate up yet againOne hundred years ago, a condemned New Zealander was at the centre of a passionate debate on the death penalty in the American state of Oregon. Matthew Gray reports on a saga that is still playing out today.A century has passed since an American hangman placed a noose around New Zealander Thomas
Sri Lanka undecided on implementing death penaltyThe Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said it has not yet taken a policy decision on the implementation of the death penalty.External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatillaka Amunugama said the issue that the death penalty should or should not be implemented in Sri Lanka has been debated in
Four hanged in Iran; 11 put to death since Christmas EveIran Human Rights, December 29: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Yazd (Central Iran) early this morning Saturday December 29.According to the state run Iranian news agency Fars, three prisoners identified as "A.B.", "R.D." and "N.B." were convicted of rape in two different
Rizana Nafeek Beheaded: 50 Foreign Maids Condemned to Death by 'Cruel' Saudi JusticeAround 50 foreign maids are being held on death row in Saudi Arabia, and there is growing alarm at the kingdom's treatment of its foreign workforce.The issue has captured international attention in the wake of growing revulsion at the beheading of Sri Lankan domestic worker Rizana Nafeek.Nafeek
China executes serial killerChinese police officers rehearsingexecution procedureJanuary 10, 2013: A Chinese man sentenced to death in July for killing 11 people has been executed, state-run news agency Xinhua reports, citing court sources.Zhang Yongming, 57, was found guilty of strangling his victims in Yunnan province
Saudi beheads Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek defying calls for stayRIYADH — Saudi Arabia beheaded a Sri Lankan maid on Wednesday after she was convicted of murdering her employer's baby, drawing sharp condemnation from Colombo which had repeatedly urged a stay of execution.Human rights groups too expressed condemnation, noting that Rizana Nafeek had been just 17
Sri Lanka: Minister wants death penalty for child rapistsSri Lanka's Minister of Child Development and Women's Affairs Tissa Karalliyedda said individuals found guilty of raping children should be awarded the death penalty.This comes amid calls by activists for stricter punishments of rapists, in the wake of several reports in the recent past of
Lankan maid on Saudi death row hangs on for hope of lifeWe are waiting for the green signal from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Embassy in Sri Lanka to tell us what would be final verdict of Rizana Nafeek who killed a Saudi child while she was a domestic maid in Saudi Arabia in 2007,” Sri Lanka’s Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) Chairman Amal
India: Gang-rape suspects in court for first timeA court source told AFP that two of the men had offered to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for more lenient sentences in a case that has sparked three weeks of protests and soul-searching about endemic sex crime in India.The suspects, residents of New Delhi slums aged from 19 to 35, were
Ohio death row shrinks as new sentences dwindleThe head count on Ohio's death row continues to decline, as the killers who either are executed, die in prison of other causes, win appeals or receive clemency outnumber new death sentences, which have slowed to a trickle.Ohio courts handed down just 3 new death sentences in 2012. Meanwhile, 3
Tennessee searches for new death penalty drugNo death row inmates are scheduled to die in Tennessee anytime soon.The state’s entire stock of a key lethal injection drug has been confiscated by the federal government amid questions about whether it was legally obtained and the state hasn’t yet figured out how — or when — it plans to execute
UAE: Mule’s death penalty commuted to jail termThe Abu Dhabi court of appeal has commuted the death sentence that was handed down to an Asian man, for smuggling, possessing and trafficking drugs, to a 10-year jail term.The court also fined him Dh50,000 along with deportation after serving his jail term. According to court records, the suspect
Japan: Death row inmates want prior notice of execution, prefer lethal injectionExecution chamberat Tokyo Detention CenterA survey conducted by Mizuho Fukushima, deputy chairwoman of the nonpartisan Parliamentary League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty of Japanese death row inmates show that more than 50% of respondents prefer to know ahead of time when their execution
Afghan citizen executed in northern IranIran Human Rights, December 27: An Afghan citizen was hanged in Dameghan (northern Iran) early this morning reported the Iranian state media.According to the state run Mehr news agency a prisoner identified as M.M. (27 years old) was hanged in Dameghan today.The prisoner who was an Afghan citizen
UK and France condemn killing of Rizana Nafeek in SaudiSAUDI ARABIA/ SRI LANKA: UK Foreign Office and France condemn killing of Rizana Nafeek in Saudi ArabiaBoth the United Kingdom Foreign Office and France issued statements condemning the killing of Rizana Nafeek.However, the Sri Lankan government which expressed sadness about the killing did not
Fury In Sri Lanka Over Saudi Arabia's Execution Of Young Domestic Worker; Would They Kill Westerners?Rizana Nafeek, a 24-year-old woman, was beheaded by a sword in public near Riyadh, the Saudi capital, on Wednesday, according to the Saudi Ministry of Interior.The murder of the baby occurred in 2005, when Rizana was only 17 years old.The president of Sri Lanka, whose repeated requests for
U.S.: Justices Rule on Staying Death Row ChallengesWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously ruled that federal courts should not automatically suspend postconviction challenges from death row inmates who are mentally incompetent to help their lawyers. The decision left open the possibility that such suspensions may sometimes be
Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek is at imminent risk of execution in Saudi ArabiaAfter exhausting all of her appeals, Rizana Nafeek is at imminent risk of execution in Saudi Arabia for a crime she allegedly committed while under the age of 18.Aged only 17 years at the time, Sri Lankan domestic worker Rizana Nafeek was arrested in May 2005 on charges of murdering an infant in
UAE: Rapist’s death penalty reduced to five years’ jail by Court of AppealThe Dubai Court of Appeal reduced the death penalty awarded to an employer by the Criminal Court of First Instance for raping a job seeker to five years in jail.HAJ, 44, Iraqi, was ordered to be deported after serving his jail term.The Dubai Prosecution accused 44-year-old HAJ, Iraqi businessman
Two hanged in western IranIran Human Rights, January 6: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Khomarabad (western Iran) reported the official news website of the Iranian police today.According to the report the prisoners who were not identified by name, were convicted of possession and trafficking of drugs.Source
Iran: Two brothers hanged in public over rape chargesIran Human Rights, January 5: Two prisoners were hanged publicly in the town of Shahr-e-Kord (western Iran) early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.According to the state run news agency Mehrnews the prisoners who were brothers, were convicted of sodomy rape for kidnapping and raping
Iran: man hanged over drug chargesIran Human Rights, January 3: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Yasouj (southern Iran) yesterday January 2.According to the Iranian state media, the prisoner who was not identified by name, was convicted of possession and trafficking of 20050* vials containing heroin and 74917* psychotropic
Prosecutors to lay out case against Aurora shooting suspect James HolmesJames Holmes at initial hearingCENTENNIAL — Prosecutors will begin laying out their case next week against the man accused of fatally shooting 12 people this summer during a crowded midnight movie premiere in Aurora.James Holmes faces 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other charges in
No plans to execute Bali 9 pair in 2013The 2 Australians on death row in Indonesia appear to have received a 1-year reprieve from facing the firing squad, despite Indonesia planning to start executions again.Of the hundreds of people on death row in Indonesia, 2 are members of the Australian drug trafficking group dubbed the Bali
'Honour killings' bring dishonour to IndiaThe policeman jumped to his feet as the man walked into the station and placed the head of his sister, along with the butcher knife that decapitated her, on the table in front of him. The incident in Kolkata on December 7 was another killing in the name of "honour" and there has been a surge in