Maldives must commute death sentences for two juvenile offenders convicted of murderThe Maldives authorities must commute the death sentences and stop the potential execution of two teenagers who yesterday received capital punishment for a murder allegedly committed when they were under 18, Amnesty International said.The two juveniles were convicted by the Juvenile Court in the capital Male' over a fatal gang stabbing incident in...Read more
Prison guard prays Bali 9 members Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will be spared death penaltyAndrew Chan and Myuran SukumaranOne of the prison guards who monitors Bali 9-death row drug smuggler Myuran Sukumaran has revealed he prays the Australian is spared the firing squad.Sukumaran and fellow Bali 9 member Andrew Chan are in Kerobokan Prison awaiting a decision on their pleas for
Stoning is not Shariah, says Qatar scholarDoha: An argument in a Qatari magazine that the stoning of adulterous married husbands or wives was not supported by Islamic Shariah (law) is set to ignite a heated debate in the country and well beyond.In an interview published by posh magazine Al Dana on May 1 in the Qatari capital Doha, Shaikh
Belarus must stop the execution of man on death rowThe Belarus authorities must stop the execution of a man who was this week sentenced to death for murder, Amnesty International said.The homeless man originally from Ukraine, who has not been named, is a jail inmate who was sentenced on 30 April for killing a fellow prisoner in Mahiliou, eastern
New Florida Law Will Speed Up Death Row Executions; Will Rick Scott Sign Bill?A defining moment of Rick Scott's political career is at hand, in a form no one would have predicted. New legislation concerning the death penalty is on its way to his desk. If he signs it, the Sunshine State may embark on an official killing spree.Florida has long stood out among the 50 states in
Singapore court to reconsider death sentence for Indian convictThe Singapore High Court will hear arguments from lawyers of an Indian national and a Malaysian on death row under a revised law that gives judges discretion to impose either death penalty or life imprisonment on certain categories of murder.Indian national Bijukumar Remadevi Nair Gopinathan was
Seven Prisoners Hanged in Iran, One in PublicIran Human Rights, April 30: According to the Iranian state media six prisoners have been executed in three different Iranian cities in the past days.Four prisoners hanged in the prison of Kerman on April 26:According to the state run Iranian news agency Aftab, four prisoners were hanged in the
Barack Obama pledges new push to close GuantanamoUS President Barack Obama has pledged a new push to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, amid a growing prisoner hunger strike there.At the White House, Mr Obama said the detention centre was "contrary to who we are" and harmful to US interests.He cited recent convictions of terror suspects
American Faces Death Penalty in North Korea for Photos He TookKorean-American Kenneth Bae made headlines back in November when he was arrested while leading a tour group though the Rason Special Economic Zone in North Korea. The reasons behind the arrest have never been properly confirmed, but it seems that his detainment had something to do with photos he
US inmates sue over death penalty6 death row inmates sued Arkansas state prison officials on Friday, claiming execution procedures adopted by legislators last month will put them at risk for an agonizing death.The inmates claim the state's planned use of a slow-acting barbiturate violates their right to be killed swiftly. They
Maryland Governor to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Next WeekANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to sign a measure repealing capital punishment in Maryland into law.Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for O’Malley, confirmed on Thursday that O’Malley plans to sign the bill at a bill-signing ceremony on May 2.Maryland will become the 18th state to ban
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not face the death penalty, even for a capital crimeThe US Justice Department faces enormous pressure to seek the execution of Tsarnaev. But against terror, we should choose life.There are two fundamental reasons why the death penalty should not be imposed in this case. The first is the obverse of the argument that if anyone deserves the death
Maryland repeal law supported by entire Catholic Church : Sant'EgidioMaryland becomes the 6th U.S. state since 2007 to exclude the death penalty from its laws, following similar measures in New Jersey, New Mexico, New York state, Illinois, and Connecticut.This movement brings to 18 the number of U.S. states that have opted for a system of justice that respects life
Ohio: Death Row inmate wins case for new DNA testingConvicted inmates still trying to prove their innocence from Death Row and elsewhere in Ohio’s prison system received an assist from the Ohio Supreme Court yesterday.The court ruled 5-2 that a Portage County court must reconsider DNA testing for Death Row inmate Tyrone Noling, who was convicted in
Mississippi death-row inmate Willie Manning deserves DNA testing before May 7 executionLast week the Mississippi Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision denied Willie Manning the opportunity to do DNA testing that could prove he is innocent of the crime that landed him on death row. Tragically, Manning is scheduled to be executed on Thursday and may never get the opportunity to do the
O'Malley signs death penalty repeal; Measure makes Maryland 18th state to end executionsWith a stroke of a pen, Gov. Martin O'Malley removed the death penalty from state law Thursday - making Maryland the 18th state in the nation to have abolished capital punishment.Surrounded by advocates who have fought for repeal year after year, the governor signed legislation setting life
Ethiopia to introduce death penalty for gays soon, say religious groupsEvangelical groups are spreading anti-gay hate in Ethiopia causing a climate of moral panic and forcing the LGBT community to flee the country.A death penalty against homosexuality may be introduced soon in Ethiopia, according to anti-gay organizations that ran a recent workshop on the topic.The
Have Louisiana’s lethal injection drugs expired? Records unavailableDeath row inmate Christopher Sepulvado, a convicted child killer, wants more information about how the state intends to execute him.So does The Lens.The Lens started investigating Louisiana’s capital punishment plans after the state said earlier this year it was abandoning a three-drug cocktail
FLORIDA: Bill reducing delays in implementation of death penalty approvedTALLAHASSEE -- State lawmakers Monday gave final approval to a proposal aimed at reducing delays in carrying out the death penalty, with supporters saying they want justice for victims’ families — but critics warning about executing innocent people.Sen. Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican who
Japan: Justice minister gives no comment on selection of 2 inmates for executionDeath Chamberat Tokyo Detention CenterJustice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki has kept silent on how two death-row inmates were selected for execution on April 26, while saying he "reviewed their case carefully.""Japanese law legalizes capital punishment and the court trial concluded after careful
Summary amputations: Taliban justice in AfghanistanFayz Mohammad hopes to be fittedwith prosthetic limbs so he can work againTwo cases of forced amputations in Afghanistan's Herat province have served as a grim reminder of Taliban-style justice almost 12 years since the movement was ousted from power.Just over a month ago, Fayz Mohammad and his
Texas executes Richard CobbRichard CobbHUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate was executed Thursday for fatally shooting one of three people he and a partner abducted during a convenience store robbery nearly 11 years ago after the U.S. Supreme Court refused a last-day appeal seeking to halt the punishment. He was
Bangladesh executes man for killing wife, childApril 23, 2013: Mohammad Saleh Nur was hanged at Kashimpur jail in Gazipur, Bangladesh, on the first minute of today for murdering his wife and child.Nur, 48, was from Chandraghona Fakirparha of Chittagong’s Rangunia Upazila and son of Saidur Rahman.“The convict was full of remorse for his deeds
The 10 Worst Prisons in America: ADXA federal isolation facility that's "pretty close" to hell.Known as ADX, and nicknamed the "Alcatraz of the Rockies," this is among the most secure prisons in the world—and one of the most isolating: Many of its cells, fashioned out of poured concrete with solid steel doors, are equipped with
Papua New Guinea proposes death by firing squadPapua New Guinea has proposed reviving the death penalty - death by firing squad - as part of stringent new measures to combat rampant violence crime.The impoverished Pacific nation's government agreed on Wednesday to bring a series of bills aimed at toughening PNG's criminal code to parliament
Iran: Four hanged in Arak (Central Iran); at least 31 executions in the past 2 weeksIran Human Rights, May 2: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Arak (central Iran) today May 2, reported the Iranian state media.The prisoners were identified as "M. Y." born in 1988 (1367 Iranian Calander) convicted of buying and possession of 4 kilograms of crack, "M. H." for possession
India: SC commutes death penalty of murder convict M.N. DasThe Supreme Court on Wednesday commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence awarded to murder convict M.N. Das, whose mercy petition was rejected by then President Pratibha Patil.A bench headed by Justice G.S. Singhvi allowed the plea of Das, who had approached the Supreme Court for
Ohio executes Steve SmithSteve SmithAn Ohio man who admitted raping a 6-month-old baby but claimed he never meant to kill her was executed Wednesday after his last pleas for mercy failed.Steve Smith, 46, was executed by lethal injection at the state prison in southern Ohio for the September 1998 killing of his live-in
Belarus hands down first death penalty this yearMINSK, April 30 (RAPSI) - A Belarusian court has handed down the first death penalty this year, the Mogilyov Prosecutor's Office said in a statement on Tuesday.Belarus remains the only European country that still uses the death penalty and repeatedly comes under harsh criticism from international
Expert on federal death penalty to defend Dzhokhar TsarnaevA federal magistrate judge has appointed a prominent specialist in federal death penalty cases to join the defense team of alleged Boston Marathon terror bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.Judy Clarke, a San Diego, Calif., attorney, has the “background, knowledge and experience” that will “enable her to
Death penalty for rape in Papua New Guinea consideredHorrific crimes against women have drawn international condemnation.Sydney: Papua New Guinea (PNG) is considering introducing the death penalty for sorcery killings and rape after a spate of horrific crimes against women drew international condemnation, reports said on Monday.Attorney-General
Japan executes two death-row gangstersDeath Chamberat Tokoyo Detention CenterJapan said Friday it hanged two death-row inmates, in the first executions since a trio of convicted killers died in the gallows two months ago and drawing immediate protest from human rights groups.Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki told reporters that
Innocent on Florida's Death Row: We Need Answers, Not More ExecutionsTallahassee, FL - April 25, 2013 - Legislation (HB7083 “Timely Justice Act”) to speed up and increase executions by “streamlining” the process has passed the Florida House of Representatives.Since Florida resumed executions in the 1970’s, twenty-four wrongfully convicted Death Row prisoners have
Boston Bombing Suspect Receives All-Star Defense TeamFBI (BOSTON) -- Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev managed to say just one word to a federal judge when charges were filed against him in a makeshift courtroom held at the side of his hospital bed: "No."His reply was in response to whether he could afford an attorney.As a result, Tsarnaev