Japan: Justice minister gives no comment on selection of 2 inmates for executionDeath Chamberat Tokyo Detention CenterJustice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki has kept silent on how two death-row inmates were selected for execution on April 26, while saying he "reviewed their case carefully.""Japanese law legalizes capital punishment and the court trial concluded after careful deliberation. I also reviewed their case carefully and...Read more http://deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com/2013/04/japan-justice-minister-gives-no-comment.html
Death penalty for rape in Papua New Guinea consideredHorrific crimes against women have drawn international condemnation.Sydney: Papua New Guinea (PNG) is considering introducing the death penalty for sorcery killings and rape after a spate of horrific crimes against women drew international condemnation, reports said on Monday.Attorney-General
Japan executes two death-row gangstersDeath Chamberat Tokoyo Detention CenterJapan said Friday it hanged two death-row inmates, in the first executions since a trio of convicted killers died in the gallows two months ago and drawing immediate protest from human rights groups.Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki told reporters that
Innocent on Florida's Death Row: We Need Answers, Not More ExecutionsTallahassee, FL - April 25, 2013 - Legislation (HB7083 “Timely Justice Act”) to speed up and increase executions by “streamlining” the process has passed the Florida House of Representatives.Since Florida resumed executions in the 1970’s, twenty-four wrongfully convicted Death Row prisoners have
Boston Bombing Suspect Receives All-Star Defense TeamFBI (BOSTON) -- Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev managed to say just one word to a federal judge when charges were filed against him in a makeshift courtroom held at the side of his hospital bed: "No."His reply was in response to whether he could afford an attorney.As a result, Tsarnaev
Boston bombing: Latest Federal cases resulted in life sentences ... after initial thoughts about the death penaltyGiven the now-notorious circumstances of the bombing, Tsarnaev could theoretically be charged with use of weapons of mass destruction resulting in death, said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, a non-profit organization that researches capital
Taiwan shrugs off execution condemnationTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan yesterday shrugged off condemnation from the European Parliament and human rights activists over its execution of six death-row inmates Friday, with Premier Jiang Yi-huah saying the executions were in line with the public's expectations.Jiang said he supports the Justice
Is India too 'noose happy'?Activists fear that Indian authorities may execute more prisoners despite petitions for mercy currently pending before the president after the hanging of 2 high-profile convicts within 6 months.An Indian court sentenced alleged Indian Mujahideen operative Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig to death this
Dzhokhar TsarnaevDzhokhar TsarnaevWASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has a range of legal options in the Boston Marathon bombings, and they could include seeking the death penalty against the 19-year-old suspect in the case.The administration has indicated it intends to move quickly to build a criminal
Life on death row: ‘They had no idea they were going to be executed’Yahya JammehSocial activist and former Minister of Information, Amadou Janneh, was found guilty of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2012 for printing and distributing T-shirts made by the NGO ‘Coalition for Change – The Gambia (CGG),’ calling for an end to “dictatorship” in the
Iran executes five for drug trafficking, rape, murderShiraz, April 16, 2013Iran Human Rights, April 17: Five prisoners were hanged in three different Iranian prisons today, Wednesday April 17.One prisoner hanged in the prison of Zarand (Southeastern Iran):According to the Iranian state media one prisoner was hanged in the prison of Zarand (Kerman
Teng Biao: In China, courts are told what decision to make in important cases, including on the death penalty.Speaking out against the death penalty in China can be a risky business as it can be perceived as a challenge to the state's authority.The Asian giant executed more people than the rest of the world put together in 2012 -- although the true number of executions may never be known as it remains a
US inmates sue over death penalty6 death row inmates sued Arkansas state prison officials on Friday, claiming execution procedures adopted by legislators last month will put them at risk for an agonizing death.The inmates claim the state's planned use of a slow-acting barbiturate violates their right to be killed swiftly. They
Maryland Governor to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Next WeekANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to sign a measure repealing capital punishment in Maryland into law.Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for O’Malley, confirmed on Thursday that O’Malley plans to sign the bill at a bill-signing ceremony on May 2.Maryland will become the 18th state to ban
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not face the death penalty, even for a capital crimeThe US Justice Department faces enormous pressure to seek the execution of Tsarnaev. But against terror, we should choose life.There are two fundamental reasons why the death penalty should not be imposed in this case. The first is the obverse of the argument that if anyone deserves the death
Executing Human Dignity: U.S. Death Penalty System Dominates IACHR ReportThe U.S. death penalty system does not meet the rigid requirements of international human rights law: as we note in our statement, the penalty is applied in an arbitrary and discriminatory manner without affording vital due process rights such as access to effective counsel and the right to remedy
Saudi beheaded for murder, 35th execution this yearRiyadh: Saudi authorities on Monday beheaded a citizen convicted of murder, the interior ministry said, bringing to 35 the number of executions in the kingdom so far this year.Mohammad ben Ali al-Alawi was convicted of knifing a fellow citizen to death during a fight, the ministry said in a
Top U.N. Rights Official Denounces Executions in Iraq as 'Obscene'With increasing regularity, Iraq's condemned prisoners are rounded from their cells in groups. One by one, they are led down a hallway to an execution chamber where they are hanged, the sound of the trapdoor reverberating through the cells. There is no advance notice, no last meal, no
Colorado Prosecutors Make Case For Death Penalty In Holmes CaseJames Holmes (L)DENVER (AP) -- Prosecutors in the deadly Colorado theater shootings say that if suspect James Holmes is convicted, they will argue he should be executed because one of the victims was a child and because the attack was an ambush.Prosecutors filed a court document on Friday listing
Bali: Frenchman charged with drug smuggling; Briton to appeal death sentenceKerobokan prison, BaliDenpasar. A Frenchman who tried to smuggle 69 grams of marijuana into the country earlier this year was formally charged on Thursday at the Denpasar District Court.Vincent Roger Petrone was detained by custom officials on Jan. 29 after he arrived in Bali from Kuala
Death sentence for India restaurant bomb plotterAn Indian court sentenced a cyber cafe worker to death on Thursday for his role in a deadly bomb blast which ripped through a restaurant in the western city of Pune three years ago, lawyers said.Mirza Himayat Baig was found guilty earlier this week of criminal conspiracy and murder for the attack
Court hears challenge to California's execution methodCalifornia death rowA state appeals court hearing here Tuesday underscored the extent to which California's death penalty system has been lost in the legal weeds.During less than an hour of arguments, the 1st District Court of Appeal offered few hints on whether it would uphold a Marin County
Texas executes Ronnie ThreadgillRonnie ThreadgillHUNTSVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt the scheduled execution of a Texas man, clearing the way for his punishment Tuesday evening for the carjack-slaying of a teenager 12 years ago."To my loved ones and my dear friends, I love y'all and appreciate y'all for
Summary amputations: Taliban justice in AfghanistanFayz Mohammad hopes to be fittedwith prosthetic limbs so he can work againTwo cases of forced amputations in Afghanistan's Herat province have served as a grim reminder of Taliban-style justice almost 12 years since the movement was ousted from power.Just over a month ago, Fayz Mohammad and his
Texas executes Richard CobbRichard CobbHUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate was executed Thursday for fatally shooting one of three people he and a partner abducted during a convenience store robbery nearly 11 years ago after the U.S. Supreme Court refused a last-day appeal seeking to halt the punishment. He was
Bangladesh executes man for killing wife, childApril 23, 2013: Mohammad Saleh Nur was hanged at Kashimpur jail in Gazipur, Bangladesh, on the first minute of today for murdering his wife and child.Nur, 48, was from Chandraghona Fakirparha of Chittagong’s Rangunia Upazila and son of Saidur Rahman.“The convict was full of remorse for his deeds
Arkansas turns to different lethal injection drugAfter surrendering its supply of a lethal injection drug to federal agents in 2011, Arkansas turned to a somewhat surprising place to look for another drug: a list from lawyers for several death row inmates.The state Department of Correction told The Associated Press last week that it decided to
Lindsay Sandiford to go to court over UK government refusal to fund her Bali death sentence appealLawyers for British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford will go to the Court of Appeal in London over a UK government refusal to fund her appeal against a death sentence for drug smuggling imposed by an Indonesian court.The case will go before the UK appeal court on Monday.The Foreign and Commonwealth
KSA: Diya deadline for Zapanta extendedPhilippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago expressed his appreciation yesterday to the Saudi government headed by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for helping Filipino laborer Joselito Zapanta being spared the death penalty."I convey my...appreciation and gratitude to Custodian of the
Four hanged in Kerman, IranIran Human Rights, April 20: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Kerman (southeastern Iran) early this morning.According to the state run Iranian news agency Fars, three of the prisoners were convicted of participation in possession of 121 kilograms of morphine and 440 grams of opium
Taiwan executes six; prisoners were anaesthetised then shotTaiwan has executed six prisoners, the second time in six months a group of six has been put to death.The ministry of justice said the prisoners were anaesthetised and then shot. Reports said most of them were responsible for multiple killings.Anti-death penalty group the World Coalition said it
Texas: Smart Enough to DieIn 2002, the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for mentally retarded defendants. Still, Texas finds a way.Elroy Chester was the worst one-man crime wave Port Arthur had ever seen.Paroled in 1997 from prison, where he was serving time for burglary, Chester, then 27, embarked on an 11-month
Lawyers say Arkansas to use untried execution drugArkansas plans to begin putting prisoners to death with a drug that apparently has never been used in a U.S. execution, and lawyers for condemned inmates warn that it could take longer for someone to die than with other lethal injection drugs.The state doesn't have any scheduled executions, but
Iraq executes 21 in one day on 'terror' chargesBAGHDAD: Iraq put 21 men to death today, a senior justice ministry official said, the latest in a series of mass executions that have drawn international condemnation.All of the men were Iraqis and had been convicted on anti-terror charges, the official said, speaking on condition of