Saudi Arabia: Combating Disinformation In the Wake of Rizana Nafeek's ExecutionThe international condemnation of Rizana Nafeek's unjust execution has not elicited a positive response from Saudi authorities. There have been no promises for reform or pledges to reexamine the justice system's flawed management of migrant workers.Instead, Saudi Arabia has adopted a defensive approach to combat these "defamatory" and "misleading...Read more
Vietnam's execution cocktail dilemmaFiring squads are out. Injections are in. But who'll supply the poison?Like many of its Communist brethren, Vietnam enforces the death penalty. The European Union abhors it.This is a dilemma for Hanoi, which wants to use lethal injection drugs on its 500-plus prisoners on death row. Germany is a
2,200 French nationals detained abroad, seven sentenced to deathImprisoned in Mexico since December 2005, Florence Cassez was finally released Wednesday, Jan. 23 following a decision by the Supreme Court. This happy outcome should give hope to many French prisoners in the world, much of whom claim to be innocent. According to a statement from the Ministry of
Iran: Public amputation of four fingers of the right handShiraz  public amputationJanuary 24, 2013Iran Human Rights, January 24: Iranian authorities’ campaign of public medieval punishments continues. According to the state run Iranian news agencies amputation verdict of a prisoner was carried out in public in the city of Shiraz (southern
New tactics see Western drug mules behind bars in BaliKerobokan cellDrug syndicates are using Westerners to smuggle drugs into Bali in new tactics, Indonesian authorities said Wednesday as a British grandmother became the latest to face the firing squad for trafficking.Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was sentenced to death Tuesday after being caught with 4.79
Vietnam to produce own drugs for executionsFiring squad executionin VietnamVietnam says it is to begin producing home-grown poisons to be used in the execution of prisoners.The move comes after overseas producers refused to export the drugs which are legally required for lethal injections.More than 500 people are on death row in Vietnam
Indonesia sentences British grandmother to death for drug smuggling(CNN) -- A 56-year-old British grandmother caught smuggling blocks of cocaine in her suitcase has been sentenced to death in Indonesia.Prosecutors in Bali had asked for a 15-year sentence for Lindsay June Sandiford, who was arrested last May carrying what officials said was cocaine worth an
Bangladesh Drops Death Penalty Plan After Bundesbank ObjectsBangladesh’s central bank plans to drop a proposal seeking death penalty for currency forgers after Germany’s Bundesbank shelved an anti-counterfeiting partnership with the South Asian nation citing the punishment.The venture was originally scheduled to begin in February, the Bundesbank said. It
Virginia executes Robert Gleason Jr.Robert Gleason Jr.Robert Gleason, 42, was executed at 9:08 pm local time (0308 GMT) after a year on death row, said Larry Traylor, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections in the state of Virginia.Gleason was serving a life sentence for a 2007 murder when he strangled a 63-year-old prisoner
Four executed in Iran, one in publicIran Human Rights, January 16: Four prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian prisons reported the official Iranian media today.Two of the prisoners were hanged in the Rajai Shahr prison of Karaj (west of Tehran). According to the state run Iranian news agency Mehr, one of the prisoners was a
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
Beheaded Rizana Nafeek: Saudi Authorities Refuse to Return Body to Parents in Sri LankaThe parents of Rizana Nafeek, the Sri Lankan maid beheaded in Saudi Arabia, say they have forgiven those responsible for her death but want her body returned home.The Saudi authorities, however, have said no, according to Nafeek's mother.Rafeena Nafeek told BBC reporter Azzam Ameen: "Even our
Tareq Aziz depressed , plans to ask Pope to call for his speedy executionJanuary 23, 2013: Tareq Aziz, the late Saddam Hussein's ailing former deputy premier now on death row, is suffering from depression and plans to ask the Pope to call for his speedy execution, his lawyer said.Badie Aref said Aziz, a Christian, believed he was being treated well in prison, but was
Harsh reality of Kerobokan Prison awaits British gran sentenced to deathKerobokan prisonBritish woman Lindsay Sandiford can now look forward to sleeping for a very long time on a mat on the floor, dormitory-style, in a hot, smelly and dank Bali prison cell.There will no beds and nice bedding, no western toilets and no creature comforts. Her sleeping partners and cell
China: Halt the imminent execution of woman who killed violent husbandChinese death-row inmatesbeing lead to execution groundsA Chinese woman who stabbed her husband to death after suffering months of sustained domestic violence should not be executed, Amnesty International said today.Li Yan a 41-year-old woman, from Sichuan province in South West China, could be
Indian panel recommends tougher sex crime sentencesNEW DELHI — A government panel reviewing India's sex crime laws after the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi proposed tougher jail terms on Wednesday but stopped short of calling for the death sentence.Gopal Subramanium, a member of the Justice J.S. Verma Commission, said the maximum
Rapist, killer of boy to be beheaded and crucifiedA Saudi court sentenced a local man to death and ordered his crucifixion for two hours after he was convicted of raping and murdering a six-year-old boy.The appeals court in the northern province of Jouf upheld a previous verdict against the 35-year-old Saudi, who confessed to the murder of the
German central bank pulls out of Bangladesh cooperation over plans to execute counterfeitersFRANKFURT, Germany – Germany's central bank is shelving plans to help fight currency counterfeiting in Bangladesh because of reports the country is planning to include execution among the possible punishments for violators.The Bundesbank said it wouldn't move ahead with its offer of consultation
Smuggler beheaded in Saudi Arabia; 4th execution this yearRiyadh: Saudi Arabia beheaded a Pakistani man in the eastern Khubar province on Wednesday after he was convicted of drug trafficking, the interior ministry announced.Arshad Mohammad was arrested for smuggling heroin and hashish into the kingdom, the ministry was quoted as saying by the official
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
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
Man hanged in Iran for murderIran Human Rights, January 25: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Ilam yesterday morning reported the state run Iranian news agency Fars.The prisoner who was not identified by name was convicted of murder and sentenced to Qesas (retribution).According to the official Iranian sources at
Two prisoners Executed In Iran - 16 Executions in 8 DaysIran Human Rights, January 24: Two prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian prisons, reported the Iranian state media today.One of the prisoners was convicted of murdering a security officer in Khoramdareh (Province of Lorestan, western Iran), reported the daily Kayhan newspaper. The
23 Year-Old Nigerian Student Sentenced to Death for Drug Trafficking in MalaysiaA 23 year-old Nigerian student of a private college in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was sentenced to death by hanging after he was found guilty of trafficking in 16,936gm of cannabis 2 years ago.As reported by NewStraitsTimes, the Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab ruled that the prosecution
Iran: Three put to death for drug traffickingIran Human Rights, January 23: Three prisoners were hanged in Qazvin Prison (west of Tehran) today.Fars, a state-run Iranian news agency reported that three prisoners, identified as "K Kh." (28), "A. N." (34) and "A. H." (41), were convicted of possession and trafficking of narcotic drugs. They
Partial disclosure of 34 inmates' executions reveal delays, clerical errorsDocuments obtained from the Ministry of Justice reveal details of executions carried out in recent years—including cases of lengthy delays and clerical errors—but fail to shed light on certain key steps of the execution process.Under a freedom-of-information request, The Asahi Shimbun obtained
Iran: Two men hanged in public in TehranIran Human Rights, January 20: Two young men were hanged publicly in Tehran early this morning. The young men are identified as "Alireza Mafiha" and "Mohammad Ali Sarvari" (20 years old). They were arrested after mugging a man on a Tehran street on December 1st. A video of the episode was spread
Saudi beheads national for murderThe execution by sword brings number of beheadings this year to five.Riyadh: Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its nationals on Thursday after he was convicted of murdering a fellow citizen, the interior ministry announced.Saeed Al Qah’tani shot dead Khazma Al Qah’tani, a woman apparently from his own
Death-Penalty Ban Pushed in MarylandCalling the death penalty expensive and ineffective in reducing violent crime, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday that he would push to make his state the latest to do away with capital punishment."The death penalty does not work in terms of preventing violent crime and the taking of human
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