Japan: Criminals of Edo era were often punished by getting face tattoosTOKYO — Japan has had a complicated relationship with tattoos over its history. Unlike in most Western countries where it’s simply considered a form of expression or drunkenly poor decisions, currently body art is generally looked down upon in Japanese society despite having some of the best artists and techniques in the world.And yet most people...Read more http://deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com/2013/03/japan-criminals-of-edo-era-were-often.html
Gay teen ‘stoned to death’ in SomaliaMohamed Ali Baashi, 18 years old gayboy,was buried in a hole up to his chest and then pelted with rocks by fightersfrom the rebel ALQAEDA Link groupALshabaab on Friday, March 15, 2013in Somalia, about 50 miles from thecapital, Mogadishu.A gay teen was allegedly
Colorado lawmakers take up testimony on measure to repeal death penaltyWhether the state of Colorado should be able to sentence people to die came to the forefront Tuesday afternoon as several dozen people crammed into a House committee room to testify on a bill to repeal the death penalty.The measure, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Claire Levy of Boulder and Jovan
Missouri death row prisoner Reggie Clemons appeals for freedom based on new evidenceThe Missouri death row prisoner Reggie Clemons will make one final appeal on Monday at a special hearing that marks the last glimmer of hope that his life might be spared.Clemons and his defence lawyer, alongside the opposing legal team of the state of Missouri, will come before judge Michael
Indonesia: The execution of Adami Wilson - questioning the aims of the death penaltyAfter refraining from executing individuals for four years, the Indonesian authorities executed a Nigerian national, Adami Wilson, on 14 March 2013. The Tangerang District Court named Adami guilty of drug dealing and sentenced him to death in 2004. The Attorney General Office (AGO) mentioned to the
Pakistan: Man stoned to death for affair with a teenage girlA soldier has been stoned to death in Pakistan's restive tribal northwest over allegations of an affair with a teenage girl, officials said on Wednesday.A tribal council in the town of Parachinar, close to the Afghan border in Kurram district, ordered the sentence on Anwar-ud Din, who was about 25
Texas urged to overturn a racially-tinged death penaltyLawyers for an inmate whose execution was halted at the last minute urged a Texas court Wednesday to overturn his death penalty on the grounds that it was the result of racial discrimination.Duane Buck, 49, was condemned to die for the 1995 murder of his girlfriend and one of her friends.Neither
UAE: Briton and Syrian on death row escape execution as sentenced commutedMarch 13, 2013: Two men sentenced to death for drug dealing had their sentence commuted to four years in prison by the Appeals Court in the United Arab Emirates.The court erupted in cheers from the relatives of MB, 19, from Syria, and NL, 21, a Briton, as the verdict was announced. The mother of
Belarus: After death, the cruelty continues as bodies of two executed men still hiddenDmitry Konovalovand Vladislav KovalyovThe bodies of two men executed a year ago in Belarus must be released to their relatives for burial or the burial site should be revealed, Amnesty International said today.Uladzslau Kavalyou and Dzmitry Kanavalau were executed in March 2012 in Minsk, capital
Arizona Death Row Inmate Debra Milke's Conviction OverturnedAn Arizona mother who was sentenced to death in the killing of her 4-year-old son has had her conviction thrown out today after she spent 22 years on death row.A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Debra Jean Milke's murder conviction would not stand after they determined that a detective who
Oklahoma executes Steven Ray ThackerSteven Ray ThackerMcALESTER — Convicted multi-murderer Steven Ray Thacker was executed Tuesday night, 13 years after the kidnapping, rape and fatal stabbing of his first victim, Laci Dawn Hill, 25, of Bixby.Legal drugs were injected into his system beginning at 6:03 p.m. He was pronounced dead at
Colorado Death ChamberColorado Death ChamberAttorneys for Colorado death-row inmate Nathan Dunlap are working on a clemency petition in the hopes of persuading Gov. John Hickenlooper to spare the killer's life.Records show, however, that the petition will not be the first outreach by Dunlap's attorneys to the
Saudi Executions Spur Internal DebatePublic execution in KSAThe conservative kingdom applies a strict interpretation of Shariah and has often faced criticism by Western countries for its frequent use of capital punishment and trials that human rights groups say do not meet international standards. Saudi Arabia has the highest
Nebraska: Bill to end death penalty advancesLINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers will once again debate the death penalty after a proposal to repeal capital punishment advanced Tuesday to the floor of the Legislature.Although Legislative Bill 543 was expected to obtain the minimum five votes to get out of the Judiciary Committee, none of the eight
With Swordsmen in Short Supply, Saudi Considers A Greener Execution SolutionPublic execution in KSATardy executioners have prompted Saudi Arabia to re-evaluate their centuries-old practice of public beheadings.The use of capital punishment in Saudi Arabia is based on a hardline interpretation of Sharia (Islamic) law. The practice attracts international scorn because of the
6 charged with gang rape in India after Swiss attackedSix men accused of raping a Swiss tourist who was cycling with her husband in central India have been produced in court and charged with gang rape.The attack occurred Friday night as the Swiss couple camped in a forest in Datia district. Police said the men attacked the husband, tying him to a
USA: Maryland will become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty(Reuters) - The Maryland House of Delegates voted on Friday to overturn the state's death penalty, putting it a step closer to becoming the 18th U.S. state to abolish executions.By a vote of 82 to 56, the House agreed to replace capital punishment with a sentence of life without parole. It
No aid to Egypt without democracy, human rights: EU ParliamentEuropean Parliament threatens to halt funds to Egypt, citing Port Said death sentences, human rights violations, and lack of political consensus in Egypt.The European (EU) Parliament passed a resolution threatening to withhold budget support to Egypt if it fails to take significant steps to abide
Algeria: Ex-Police Chief Sentenced To DeathMarch 13, 2013: An Algeria court sentenced a former police commissioner to death for murdering a woman colleague and concealing the evidence of his crime, media reports said.Abdelkrim Boutrik, formerly police chief in Adrar more than 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) from Algiers, cut the throat of
EU Criticizes Saudi Arabia For Executing Seven Death-Row InmatesThe European Union on Wednesday strongly criticized Saudi Arabia for executing seven men convicted of theft, looting and armed robbery despite repeated appeals by the European bloc as well as United Nations experts and rights groups to spare their lives.The seven men were reportedly shot to death
Research exposes racial discrimination in America's death penalty capitalBlack inmates in Houston more than three times as likely to face death sentence than whites, groundbreaking study shows.Black defendants facing trial in Houston – the death penalty capital of America – are more than three times as likely to face a possible death sentence than whites, new academic
Death penalty repeal pushed in Delaware LegislatureLawmakers returning to Dover today will consider repealing Delaware’s death penalty, overturning all 17 current death row sentences and substituting life without parole.A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton, is teaming with the American Civil Liberties Union to
Philippines Races to Save Man on Saudi Death RowSaudi Arabia's King Abdullah has suspended all executions for three months, giving a Filipino worker on death row an unexpected reprieve after his family and the Philippine government failed to meet a deadline to raise compensation money to pay the victim's family, officials said Tuesday.Vice
How Japan uses its low crime rate to justify a cruel prison systemThe death penalty is alive and well in the land of the rising sun -- and death row is particularly wretched.TOKYO – On Feb. 21, Japan hanged three death-row inmates. These executions, the first in 18 months, took place only a few months after Shinzo Abe's new government took office.There is no
Death penalty in Florida a study in inefficiencySince the last six executions in Florida involved inmates who had lingered on death row in excess of 25 years, one must agree capital punishment is inefficient. The fact that we have executed only 7 percent of those sent to death row since capital punishment was reinstated makes it foolish to
Death penalty falling, but not in OklahomaStates use the death penalty less and less often across the country, and some have even dropped it altogether, but Oklahoma likely won’t join the ranks of those that have outright abolished it.The annual number of executions in the U.S. has fallen by more than half over the past 15 years
Saudi Arabia: Indonesian domestic helper sentenced to death for murderManama: A Saudi court has sentenced an Indonesian domestic helper to death for killing the four-year-old daughter of her sponsors.The helper was also sentenced to eight months in prison and to 200 lashes for attempting to commit suicide after she killed Tala in the Red Sea city of Yanbu.Saudi
Indonesia: Bali inmate executedKerobokan PrisonBali, Indonesia"Indonesia remains a country that opposes the death penalty for its own citizens abroad but continues to apply capital punishment within its own borders." Dave McRae, Staying the executioners' guns?Indonesia on Friday executed its first death row prisoner in
Yemen: Minor put to death for murderPublic execution in YemenSanaa, July 6, 2009March 9, 2013: Mohammed Haza'a was put to death by the Yemeni government despite legitimate questions as to whether he was under the age of 18 when he committed an alleged murder.In 1999, Mohammed shot an intruder at his home in the central Yemeni city
Japan's criminal justice system should be urgently reformedExecution chamberat Tokyo Detention CenterFIDH and CPR deeply regret that the government of Japan refused to accept important recommendations related to the criminal justice system, in particular a moratorium or abolition of the death penalty and reform of substitute detention in police stations
Colorado asks pharmacists for help in securing lethal injection drugStruggling to obtain quantities of a lethal injection drug in order to carry out the state's first execution in 15 years, the Colorado Department of Corrections is now turning to pharmacists for help.On Tuesday, the department sent a letter asking pharmacies across the state for help securing
Saudi Arabia: 7 convicted of armed robbery executed by firing squadPublic execution takes place in Saudi Arabia's Abha square despite appeals by international rights groupsRiyadh: A Saudi firing squad on Wednesday executed in public seven men convicted of armed robbery despite last-minute appeals by rights groups that their lives be spared, the interior ministry
Florida Senate panel considers death penalty changesTALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In what would be a significant change to the state's capital punishment system, a Florida Senate panel discussed a bill Monday to require a jury to unanimously recommend the death penalty.The Senate's Criminal Justice committee took up the bill (SB 148), but ran out of time to
Saudi Arabia beheads national for murderHis execution brings to 18 the number beheaded in Saudi Arabia so far this year.Riyadh: Saudi Arabia beheaded on Monday in Riyadh one of its nationals convicted of stabbing to death a fellow Saudi, the interior ministry said.Khalid Bin Hamad stabbed to death Abdul Mohsen Bin Othman after a