Six 'terrorists' hanged in mass Afghanistan executionsKabul: Afghanistan on Wednesday executed six "criminals and terrorists", an official said, a day after eight other death row prisoners were hanged in a rare mass executions in the war-wracked country.The Taliban, which is leading an insurgency against the Western-backed government, had warned there would be reprisals if any of their militants were...Read more
India executes Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Ajmal KasabMumbai: Nearly a week ahead of the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 attack, Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Kasab — who had been convicted and handed capital punishment for his involvement in the Mumbai mayhem — was hanged to death in Pune’s Yerawada central prison on Wednesday morning, in a
Norway’s Envoy Defends No Breivik Death SentenceThe 21-year sentence issued for mass murderer Anders Breivik is a proof of the functionality of the Norwegian legal system and should not be considered “naivety,” Norwegian Ambassador to Turkey Janis Bjorn Kanavin has told the Hürriyet Daily News. His remarks were an indirect response to Turkish
India votes against UNGA resolution banning death penaltyUnited Nations: India was among the 39 countries that voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution which called for abolishing the death penalty, saying every nation had the "sovereign right" to determine its own legal system. The non-binding resolution called for a moratorium on executions
Fugitive death-row convict arrested by Egyptian PoliceAccording to Al Youm Al Sabea newspaper, the man along with his wife lured a businessman into their home in 2009 on the pretext of sexually entertaining him and made away with his car and other valuables before killing him.It is alleged that the husband was the master brain behind the murder
Public Executions, Amputations And Flogging In Iran- 81 Executions In 10 Days- IHR Urges The International Community To ReactPublic hanging in DarabIran Human Rights, November 17: According to the reports from the Iranian state media two prisoners were hanged publicly the Iranian town of Darab (southern Iran) yesterday November 16.According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary in Fars Province two prisoners
Texas executes Ramon HernandezRamon HernandezHUNTSVILLE — A man who prosecutors have called a serial rapist and murderer was executed tonight by lethal injection.Ramon Hernandez had no last-minute appeals and a commutation request was denied.The U.S. Supreme Court refused last month to review Hernandez's death sentence and a
Singapore upholds mandatory death penalty despite some reformsSINGAPORE on Wednesday rejected calls to abolish executions, saying the death penalty is still necessary to deter serious crimes despite legal reforms designed to lessen its use.Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also minister for home affairs, said abolishing hanging would send the wrong
Singapore looks to end mandatory death penalty for drug crimesWith international human rights groups and local activists calling for an end to the death penalty for drug-related crimes, Singapore may be on the verge of amending its mandatory sentencing for drug criminals.It comes after massive pressure has been put on the city-state, the only developed
Family to raise Dh4.58m to atone accident death in Saudi ArabiaZapanta needs blood money by Wednesday to be spared death penalty.Manila: A Filipino family will raise P55 million (Dh4.58 million) to serve as blood money to atone for the killing of a Sudanese national in Saudi Arabia in 2009, a local paper said.“I have prepared a letter to [Saudi Arabia’s]
Thailand, Malaysia want to crackdown on female drug traffickingThe small flat in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, is dimly lit. A few women stand around waiting. About 30 minutes later, a group of men come in with bags, filled to the brim with pills. The women quickly take out a few bags and place them underneath panels in their carriers. This is the drug trade at
Iraq executes 10 convictsBaghdad, Nov 11 (IANS) Iraq Sunday executed 10 people, including an Egyptian, over terror charges, despite international calls not to carry out the executions.Iraq executions have sparked calls by the UN, European Union and human rights groups to abolish the capital punishment, criticizing the
Christian Girl Accused of Blasphemy Acquitted by Pakistani CourtA Christian girl accused of blasphemy over the burning of the Koran has been acquitted by a Pakistani court, her lawyer said.Rimsha Masih, 11, faced the death penalty after being arrested in Islamabad in August when her neighbour Mohammed Khalid Chishti, a Muslim cleric, accused her of desecrating
Singapore Eases Death Penalty in Some Drug CasesSINGAPORE — The parliament of Singapore has approved legislation abolishing mandatory death sentences in some drug trafficking cases. The action came last Wednesday, according to a press release from the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers.Under the reform, judges will be able to commute death
Despite voters’ renewed support for death penalty, no California inmates are close to executionDeath House at San Quentin PrisonThis year, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Robert Fairbank’s appeal of his death sentence for the 1985 rape and murder of college student Wendy Cheek.With that rejection, Fairbank joined at least 13 other death row inmates who have completed the decadeslong capital
UAE: Ten face death for man's murder in Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi: Ten Asian youths are facing execution for intentional manslaughter after a gambling and drinking session turned into a bid for revenge, the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance revealed in a statement.Five male labourers of Asian nationalities, sat with five others of a different
Texas executes Preston HughesPreston HughesAUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas executed on Thursday a convicted murderer who stabbed a teenager and her toddler cousin to death in an empty field near his Houston apartment complex and who has spent half of his life on Death Row.Hughes, 46, was convicted of stabbing to death
Iran: Three hanged in publicIran Human Rights, November 14: Three prisoners were hanged publicly in Arak (central Iran) this morning, reported the Iranian state media today.According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary in Markazi Province three prisoners identified as Behzad (27), Mehdi (37) and Meysam (25) were
Indonesia: Yudhoyono Defends Clemency Gaffe, Says He's Been 'Very Selective'President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono defended on Friday his decision to grant clemency to drug convict Meirika Franola, who was found to still be running a drug business from her prison cell after the president commuted her death sentence.Yudhoyono reiterated a previous statement made by the
Turkey: Erdogan Urges Restoring Death Penalty in Violation of EUPrime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey should consider lifting its ban on capital punishment, a move that may deal a further blow to its stalled European Union membership bid."In the face of killings, if needed the death penalty should be brought back to the table," Erdogan said on his
Iran: Convict hanged in ArdebilIran Human Rights, November 12: One prisoner was hanged in Ardebil (northwestern Iran) early this morning.According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary in Ardebil, a prisoner, whose name was not mentioned, was hanged early this morning in Ardebil Prison. The prisoner was convicted of
Iran: Prisoner hanged in Isfahan prisonIran Human Rights, November 11: One prisoner was hanged in the Isfahan central prison early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.According to the Tebyan news, the man, who was not identified by name, was convicted of possession of 64 kilograms of crack.Earlier this week 23 prisoners
Pakistani drug smuggler beheaded in Saudi ArabiaRIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded a Pakistani national convicted of trying to smuggle drugs into the kingdom, the interior ministry announced.Mnawar Khan was arrested at King Khaled International airport in Riyadh as he was trying to “smuggle an amount of heroin found in his body,” said a
Afghanistan executes eight prisonersAfghanistan executed eight prisoners on death row Tuesday with more executions expected soon, officials said, marking a rare use of the death penalty in the war-wracked country.The eight had been convicted of crimes including murder, kidnapping and rape, deputy attorney general Rahmatullah Nazari
Saudi Arabia beheads Palestinian for setting up gangRiyadh: A Palestinian was beheaded in Saudi Arabia on Monday after being convicted of forming a gang to carry out robberies in the kingdom, the interior ministry said.Mohammad Al Khalili “formed a gang with others that carries out thefts, burglaries, and robbery against homes,” said the statement
Death Sentences for drug offences in Pakistan have tripled since 2009According to a new report launched today Pakistan saw a threefold increase in death sentences handed down for drug offences between 2009 and 2011. The report's findings will raise concern for British national Khadija Shah who is currently facing the death penalty in Pakistan where she is imprisoned
Saudi Arabia: Bangladeshi beheaded over Syrian’s murderRiyadh: Saudi Arabia on Saturday beheaded a Bangladeshi convicted of murdering a Syrian man by bludgeoning him with a hammer before stabbing him, the interior ministry said.Madhaheb Shanadra had been found guilty of beating Nabeel Al Awdat on his “head with a hammer before stabbing and
Pakistan carries out first execution in four years(Reuters) - Pakistan executed its first prisoner in four years on Thursday, hanging a convicted murderer who was a former army serviceman, police said.Despite the execution of Muhammad Hussain in northwest Pakistan, activists do not expect the country's moratorium on the death penalty to be lifted
AG Says DNA Tests Implicate Hank Skinner in '93 MurdersDNA testing that death row inmate Hank Skinner sought for more than a decade further implicates him in the New Year’s Eve 1993 triple murder for which he was sentenced to die, according to an advisory that the Texas Attorney General’s Office filed Wednesday in Gray County state district court. But
Ohio executes Brett HartmanBrett HartmanOhio on Tuesday executed a condemned killer who claimed he was innocent of stabbing a woman 138 times, slitting her throat and cutting off her hands.The time of death for Brett Hartman was 10:34, said warden Donald Morgan of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville."I'm
Iran: 2 executed over drug charges; 47 executions in one weekIran Human Rights, November 13: The Iranian state media has reported the hanging of two prisoners.The official website of the Iranian judiciary in the province of Fars (southern Iran) has reported the public hanging of one prisoner, identified as F. B., in the town of Neyriz (south of Shiraz) on
California: The Slow Demise of the Death PenaltyExecution chamberat San Quentin Prison, CAThe death penalty in California survived by a narrow vote on November 6, but around the country the signs are clear that capital punishment is slowly on the way out. Even in California, the close defeat of the referendum to repeal the death penalty marks a
Uganda to officially pass ‘Kill The Gays’ billSpeaker Rebecca Kadaga has said 2009's Anti-Homosexuality Bill will become law by the end of 2012.Uganda will officially pass the ‘Kill The Gays’ bill at the end of this year despite international criticism.Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said the anti-gay bill will become law by December since most
Judge who refused late appeal for death-row inmate re-elected to Texas Criminal Appeals CourtSharon KellerTexas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller has been re-elected.Keller defeated defense attorney Keith Hampton, her Democratic challenger.The Republican had earned the nickname "Killer Keller" by death penalty opponents after she refused an after-hours appeal by a