Iran: Inmate executed on Christmas dayIran Human Rights, December 26: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Sari (northern Iran) reported the state run Iranian news agency ISNA from Mazandaran Province.According to the report the prisoner who was not identified by name, was convicted of selling and buying narcotic drugs. The hanging took place inside the prison of Sari on the...Read more
France urges Taiwan to hold debate on death penaltyParis, Dec. 25 (CNA) France has condemned the execution of six death row inmates in Taiwan last week and urged Taiwan to open a national debate on the future of capital punishment.Through a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the French government urged Taiwan to
Taiwan: Another Six ExecutionsThe Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) joins the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP) in condemning the executions today of another six people in Taiwan.Zeng Si-ru, Hung Ming-tsung, Huang Hsien –cheng, Chen Chin-huo, Kuang Te-chiang and Tai Te-ying were executed at different
Saudi Arabia: Sudanese man beheaded for murderDecember 19, 2012: A Sudanese man convicted of murder was beheaded by the sword in the western city of Mecca, the Saudi interior ministry said.Othman Mohammed was found guilty of killing another Sudanese man, Salah Ahmed, by repeatedly beating him on his head following a dispute between the two
U.S.: Executions, death sentences remain steady over past yearWashington (CNN) -- Executions and death sentences remained steady over the past year, but the number of states carrying out capital punishment continues to drop, according to a study released Tuesday.Forty-three men were put to death in 2012, matching 2011's total, reported the Death Penalty
Ohio Gov. John Kasich spares convicted killer Ronald Ray PostRonald PostPost, who shot Elyria motel clerk Helen Vantz twice in the head during a robbery 29 years ago, had been scheduled to be executed on Jan. 16. He will now serve life in prison without possibility of parole.“Regardless of the heinous nature of their crime, a criminal defendant is entitled
Yemen executes 2nd child this yearChairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Wednesday expressed 'deep dismay' concerning the execution of another child in Yemen."According to the information we have received, Hind Al-Barti was around 15 years old at the time of the offense," the Chairperson Jean Zermatten said.2
Taiwan: Execution to go ahead despite foreign scholars' concernThe government will carry out executions in accordance with related laws, as most Taiwanese still support capital punishment despite recent concerns expressed by foreign scholars, the nation's justice minister said yesterday."Scholars have the right to express their personal views, but it is
Iran Human Rights, December 10: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Semnan (northern Iran) early this morning.According to the state run Mehr news agency, the prisoner identified as "M. H.", was convicted of [trafficking] 3470 grams of crack.The charges have not been [confirmed] by
Beijing Lawyer Denounces Execution for Organs at HospitalRehearsing lethal injectionprocedures in ChinaA Beijing lawyer has denounced the execution of a death row prisoner at a hospital, saying that it was done for the convenience of simultaneously harvesting the organs.Lawyer Han Bing from the Beijing H & J Law Firm, who represents the family
Murderer executed by firing squad in Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi: A man was executed on Thursday morning by firing squad in Abu Dhabi after being convicted of murdering an Emirati Engineer in Al Ain in 2002.Sources confirmed that 36-year-old Alex Rohana, a Sri Lankan, was executed at 7am in the presence of a judge, general public prosecutor, Imam
Arizona executes Richard Dale StokleyRichard Dale StockleyFLORENCE, AZ (CBS5/AP) - Richard Dale Stokley, the 60-year-old man convicted of murdering two 13-year-old girls in 1991, was put to death by lethal injection at the Arizona State Prison in Florence on Wednesday.Stokley and his accomplice, Randy Brazeal, were convicted of
Indonesia Announces Plans for First Executions in 4 YearsThe Attorney General’s Office plans to execute 10 convicted felons in 2013 in Indonesia’s first wave of executions in four years.Indonesian courts sentenced 113 people to death in 2012, but hasn’t carried out an execution since 2008. In recent years, the public, as well as prominent politicians
Seven hanged in central IranIran Human Rights, December 20: Seven prisoners were hanged in the prison of Isfahan.According to the state run Iranian daily newspaper Kayhan, seven prisones were hanged in the prison of Isfahan yesterday December 19.According to the report, six of the prisoners were convicted of drug
Saudi Arabia: 1,000 tribesmen seek pardon for killerNearly 1,000 tribesmen in Saudi Arabia packed a farm to ask the father of a murdered boy to pardon the killer before he is beheaded in the Gulf Kingdom shortly. But the father rejected the plea and insisted on the execution of the killer.The clan chiefs and other dignitaries from Qahtan tribes in
Iran: Man hanged in Kashan over drug chargesIran Human Rights, December 17: One prisoner was hanged in Kashan (central Iran) today, reported the Iranian state media.The Iranian state broadcasting reported a prisoner convicted of smuggling and trafficking narcotics was hanged in Kashan prison early this morning. Quoting the deputy
NooseThe Senate on Friday said it adopted the death penalty as punishment for acts of terrorism due to Nigeria's peculiar circumstances.The National Assembly at its sitting on Thursday approved the death penalty for acts of terrorism in Nigeria following the recommendations contained in a conference
Kuwait introduces death penalty for ‘cursing God and prophets’Execution in KuwaitKuwaiti MPs this week approved a law with a death penalty for Muslims who curse God, the Koran, all prophets and the wives of Islam's Prophet Mohammed. Non-Muslims who commit the same offence face a jail term of not less than 10 years, according to the bill.Defendants who repent
Florida executes Manuel PardoManuel PardoA former police officer who murdered 9 people during a 1986 crime spree was executed Tuesday after his attorneys' last-minute appeals were rejected.Manuel Pardo, 56, was pronounced dead at Florida State Prison at 7:47 p.m., about 16 minutes after the lethal injection process began. His
Iran executes its citizens at a faster rateHuman rights organizations are outraged by ever-increasing executions of dissidents, bloggers and activists in Iran. In the world's most execution-prone country, even misdemeanors draw the death penalty.The human rights situation in Iran has deteriorated over the last few months, according to a UN
Three hanged in southeastern IranIran Human Rights, December 8: Three prisoners were hanged in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.According to the official Iranian news agency IRNA, three prisoners convicted of drug-related charges were hanged in the prison of Zahedan
Desmond Tutu Urges Uganda To Drop Anti-Homosexuality BillNobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Tuesday (Dec. 4) urged Uganda to scrap a controversial draft law that would send gays and lesbians to jail and, some say, put them at risk of the death penalty.The Anti-Homosexuality Bill is expected to become law after Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga
Oklahoma executes George OchoaMcALESTER, Oklahoma — An Oklahoma death row inmate was executed Tuesday for the 1993 shooting deaths of an Oklahoma City couple.George OchoaGeorge Ochoa, 38, was given an injection of lethal drugs at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester. He was pronounced dead at 6:07 p.m. CST."I'm
Florida: Seth Penalver acquitted of charges related to his 1999 death sentenceSeth Penalver kneels and weeps into his chairafter a Broward jury finds him not guilty of the1994 Casey’s Nickelodeon murders.Tampa, FL. (12-21-12)---A Broward County Jury has acquitted Seth Penalver of all charges related to his 1999 murder conviction and death sentence. In 2006, the
Army Seeking Death Penalty in Massacre of 16 AfghansSEATTLE — The United States Army will seek the death penalty against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday.Sergeant Bales’s court-martial will consider 16 counts of premeditated murder, six counts of attempted murder and seven
Man to be executed for killing prostitute in DubaiAppeals Court rejects murderer’s appeal, confirms capital punishment against PakistaniDubai: A man, who slit a prostitute’s neck and stole her following a row over money, will face a firing squad after his appeal to have his sentence commuted was rejected on Wednesday.The 29-year-old Pakistani
Witness to an executionArizona Death ChamberWhen the State of Arizona carried out the grisly business of executing Richard Stokley last week, it did so in a transparent manner. Of the 34 executions the state has conducted since 1992, this was the third time that witnesses were able to observe most of the execution
Ohio Death ChamberOhio Death ChamberOhio dropped behind other states in the number of executions this year, but the pace is expected to quicken, with 12 lethal injections scheduled in the next two years.In addition, four new death sentences were handed down in Ohio this year, including the first one in Franklin
Pakistan: House divided over enforcing capital punishmentParliamentary secretary calls for putting matter of abolishing capital punishment to a debate in the house.When confronted with the fact that 65 convicts were waiting for their execution on death row in Pakistan, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Tahira Aurangzeb bluntly asked to have
3 get death penalty, 1 life in prison in China hijack caseBEIJING: China sentenced three men to death and another to life in prison on Tuesday over an alleged hijacking attempt in June by members of the minority Uighur ethnic group in the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang.Charges against the men included organising, leading, and taking part in a
Pakistani beheaded in Saudi ArabiaRiyadh: Saudi authorities on Sunday beheaded a Pakistani in the Muslim holy city of Makkah for stabbing to death a compatriot, the interior ministry said.Altaf Hussein Hati was found guilty of stabbing a man in the throat and leaving him to bleed to death, the ministry said in a statement carried
Texas Moratorium Network: The Year in ReviewTexas executed 15 people in 2012, two more people than in 2011. 73 percent of the people Texas executed in 2012 were people of color, seven African-American and four Hispanics. There were four white people executed by Texas in 2012. Five people were executed from Dallas County, two from Bexar
New trial ordered for Cathy Lynn Henderson on Texas death row for 1994 infant deathCathy Lynn Henderson picturedwith Sister Helen PrejeanA Travis County woman who was just days away from being executed for killing a baby in 1994 was granted a new trial on Wednesday by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.The state's highest criminal court deferred to opinion of the trial judge
Inmate set to die for Arizona murders; 2nd man free1 of 2 men convicted in the 1991 sex-killings of 2 13-year-old girls is already free after serving 20 years in prison.The 2nd man is about to be executed.Richard Dale Stokley's execution by injection is scheduled 21 years and 5 months after Mandy Meyers and Mary Snyder went missing and then were