Singapore: Drug trafficker escapes death sentence under amended Misuse of Drugs ActA 29-year-old man has escaped the gallows for drug trafficking as he satisfied the twin requirements for the discretionary death sentence, in the 1st capital case prosecuted under the amended Misuse of Drugs Act which came into effect in January.His co-accused, 27-year-old Muhammad Ridzuan Md Ali, who was convicted of the same charges, was...Read more
Florida executes Larry Eugene MannLarry Eugene Mann in 1980STARKE — Larry Eugene Mann, who abducted and killed 10-year-old Elisa Nelson in 1980 in Palm Harbor, was executed at 7:19 pm Wednesday at Florida State Prison.Mann, 59, had been on death row for 32 years for the crime, which ranks among the most notorious and shocking in
Mississippi set to add terrorism to death penalty lawMississippi is set to add terrorism to the list of crimes that could lead to the death penalty, if a victim is killed."The governor intends to sign this public safety measure," Gov. Phil Bryant's spokesman, Mick Bullock, told The Associated Press.Mississippi prosecutors already can pursue the
Saudi beheaded after killing 3 in car chaseThe execution takes to 31 the number put to death since the beginning of the yearRiyadh: Saudi authorities beheaded a citizen in the northern town of Hael on Tuesday after he was convicted of intentionally causing the deaths of three people during a car chase, the interior ministry
Death sentence for British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford staysAn Indonesian court on Monday upheld the death sentence handed down to a 56-year-old British grandmother found guilty of trafficking cocaine into the resort island of Bali.A spokesman said the Bali High Court, sitting in the island's capital Denpasar, had confirmed the death sentence given to
After death-penalty repeal, Maryland Governor O’Malley faces decision on condemned inmatesWith last month’s vote to repeal the death penalty, Maryland lawmakers handed Gov. Martin O’Malley a long-sought legislative victory — and a question that he has refused to answer: What is he going to do about the five prisoners on death row?The new law won’t apply to them, and O’Malley (D) is
Saudi paralysis sentencing ‘grotesque’, says UKLondon: Britain on Thursday urged Saudi Arabia not to carry out the “grotesque” punishment of paralysis for a man whose alleged crime took place when he was just 14 years old.Ali Al Khawahir, 24, has reportedly been sentenced to “Qisas” (retribution) for allegedly paralysing a friend when he
India: Rapist-murderer Dharampal shifted to Ambala for 'execution'After his mercy plea was rejected by the President, Dharampal, a rape convict who later murdered the victim and four members of her family, was on Friday shifted to Ambala prison from Rohtak jail "for further action".According to officials, Dharampal will soon be hanged in Ambala jail."Since
Concerns rising over death penalty in Middle East, AsiaThe United Nations human rights office on Friday called on Governments to establish an official moratorium on all executions with a long term goal of abolishing the death penalty worldwide.“In many cases, the death penalty involves clear violations of international norms and standards,” the
India: President signs anti-rape billNew Delhi, Apr 3 (IBNS): Giving India a strong anti-rape law, President Pranab Mukherjee signed the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday.The bill was brought before the President after it was passed by the Parliament last month.The Lok Sabha passed the anti-rape law bill on Mar 19 while
Kuwait: first executions in five yearsA Saudi man smokes his lastcigarette before being hangedin Kuwait on April 1, 2013. Manama: Kuwaiti authorities on Monday morning executed three men sentenced to death in separate murder cases.The Pakistani, Saudi and Bidoon (stateless resident) were executed in the Central Prison at
Iraq executes four including al-Qaeda bossThe executions brought to 22 the number of times Iraq has carried out the death penalty so far this year, compared with 129 in 2012, which was among the highest such figures in the world."These terrorists were executed by hanging," the justice ministry said in a statement on Monday. "They
Death penalty 2012: Despite setbacks, a death penalty-free world came closerAMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Press Release - Despite some disappointing setbacks in 2012, the global trend towards ending the death penalty continued, Amnesty International found in its annual review of death sentences and executions.2012 saw the resumption of executions in several countries that had not
Rickey Lynn LewisRickey Lynn Lewis(CBS/AP) HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Rickey Lynn Lewis, an East Texas man convicted of killing a man and raping his fiancee in 1990, was executed Tuesday evening in Huntsville, Texas.Six months after Lewis, 50, was paroled in early 1990 from a 25-year term for a third burglary conviction
Denmark Stops Aid to Iran’s Fight Against Drug TraffickingIran Human Rights, April 9: Danish government has decided to cut its aids to Iran’s anti drug program says a Danish newspaper today.Denmark is one of the several Western countries aiding to Iran’s war on drugs. The aid has been given through the UN agency "United Nation’s office for drugs and
Iraq executes 7 convicted of terror offencesBaghdad: Iraq has executed seven people convicted of terror-related offences, an official said on Monday, despite widespread calls for the country to declare a moratorium on its use of the death penalty.All of those executed were Iraqi men, and brought to 29 the number of times Iraq has carried
Christoph Gielen Goes Up In The Air, Shares a Broad Perspective On Solitary ConfinementArizona Supermax PrisonChristoph Gielen, a photographer known for his aerial views of American suburbs has chosen as his next subject super-maximum security prisons — the most controlled spaces in American prison industrial complex. Supermaxes are of particular interest as they are designed
Mexican Senate wants report on Mexicans on death row in U.S.Mexico City, Apr 4 (EFE).- The Senate has asked the Foreign Relations Secretariat for a report on the number of Mexicans on death row in the United States and efforts being made to provide them with legal assistance.Human rights activists have expressed concern about a possible "wave of
Relu Ram murder case: Sonia may be first woman to be hanged in IndiaHisar: Former Haryana MLA Relu Ram Punia’s daughter Sonia will be the first woman in this country to be hanged after President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday rejected her mercy petition.Sonia and her husband Sanjeev had been awarded death sentence for killing eight persons including her MLA father
Annual Report On The Death Penalty In Iran - 2012The fifth annual report of Iran Human Rights (IHR) on the death penalty in Iran is an assessment of how the death penalty was used in 2012. Due to harsh crackdowns on civil society, non-existing freedom of press and lack of transparency of the Iranian judicial system, the present report by no means
Texas: Execution of death row inmate Rigoberto Avila Jr. delayedThe execution of an El Paso man convicted in the 2000 beating death of his girlfriend's 19-month-old son has been delayed for a second time.Rigoberto Avila Jr., 40, had been scheduled to be put to death next week. His execution was originally scheduled for Dec. 12.In 2001, Avila was sentenced to
Tunisia's Islamist leader backs death penaltyRached Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia's ruling Islamist party, said he backs the application of the death penalty, describing it as a "natural law" in a television interview to be broadcast Monday evening."We say that capital punishment is a natural law, a soul for a soul. And whoever threatens
Japan: 3 Aum death-row inmates to testify at Hirata's trialTOKYO — In an unusual move, prosecutors will call three former members of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult to testify in the trial of another former Aum member, Makoto Hirata, in a lay judge trial expected to begin at the Tokyo District Court later this year.It will be the first time that
Cuba: Executions Accomplices in AprilThis April marks a decade since one of the most depressing moments of recent Cuban history: Black Spring. It was a time when Fidel Castro, excited about what he recognized as a revolutionary wave in Latin America and the arrival of the 1st Venezuelan subsidies, decided to eradicate all signs of
Calls for ending capital punishment in ChinaSeveral miscarriages of justice have made the news in China in recent decades. These included cases of wrongful imprisonment and even execution.In 1995, Nie Shubin, 20, was executed for raping and murdering a woman. 10 years later, another man confessed to the crime.3 years later, She Xianglin
Death penalty is what harms Bali's reputation(CNN) -- Judges on the paradise Indonesian island of Bali sentencing British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford to death on January 22 held that she had "tarnished the image of Bali as a holiday destination."No one expected a death sentence because the prosecutor, recognizing the sympathetic
Delaware death penalty repeal: a gentle transition?Kirk BloodsworthThough it's been nearly 28 years since his time on Maryland's death row, Kirk Bloodsworth still can recall the suffocating, stale, wastewater stench of the prison."It was like several years before I could get the smell out of my nose," he said.In 1985, Mr. Bloodsworth was
Indian Supreme Court stays execution of eight death row convictsThe Supreme Court has stayed the execution of eight death row prisoners, convicted in different murder cases, whose clemency pleas were rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee last week.Staying the execution of Suresh, Ramji, Gurmeet Singh, Praveen Kumar, Sonia and her husband Sanjeev, Sundar Singh
Saudi murderer beheadedRiyadh: A Saudi man convicted of murder was beheaded by the sword on Saturday in the capital, the interior ministry said in a statement.Saud Bin Diri Al Anezi was found guilty of stabbing Yassef Bin Eid Al Anezi to death in an argument, the statement said.His execution takes to 30 the number of
Pakistan court acquits Christian man on death row for blasphemyRights campaigners argue the blasphemy laws, for which the maximum penalty is death, are often abused to settle personal scores and should be reformed.A Pakistani court has acquitted a Christian man who was sentenced to death for blasphemy six years ago in Lahore.Younis Masih, 34, a labourer, was
Kuwait to hang five more inmatesThree inmates were hangedsimultaneously in Kuwait on April 149 inmates on death row, 44 still awaiting Court of Cassation decisionManama: Kuwait’s Central Prison is getting ready to execute five more people within days, a report in Kuwait City said.“Instructions have been given to the Central
Bangladesh police arrests prominent atheist bloggerPolice in Bangladesh arrested a self-styled "militant atheist" on Wednesday for anti-religious writings as part of a crackdown on bloggers in the face of pressure from radical Islamist groups.The arrest of Asif Mohiuddin, 29, comes a day after the detention of three other bloggers and ahead of an
Colorado prosecutor will seek death penalty for James Holmes in Aurora shootingProsecutors said Monday that they will seek the death penalty for James Holmes, the man accused of gunning down 12 people and wounding 70 at a Batman movie last summer in Colorado.George Brauchler, the district attorney for Arapahoe County, said he made the decision after speaking with more than
Kuwait to carry out first executions since 2007Execution in KuwaitAuthorities deny live television broadcast rumours.Manama: On Monday, Kuwait will end a six-year hiatus on capital punishment and carry out its first executions since 2007.Security sources that three people, a Saudi, a Pakistani and a stateless resident (Bidoon) will be