Spared death penalty in UAE, group of 17 returns homeDubai: Seventeen men owing allegiance to a bootlegging gang, who were spared the death penalty after being involved in the murder of a member of a rival gang, returned to their home country on Tuesday after a travel ban imposed on them by a Sharjah court was lifted a few days ago.The convicts, all Indians, had been found guilty of causing the...Read more
Saudi saves life just before executionPublic execution by beheadingin a KSA parking lotShammari mediated a pardon for killer before he himself was beheadedA Saudi killer who was beheaded in the Gulf Kingdom last week after spending nearly 30 years in jail saved the life of a fellow inmate convicted of murdering another Saudi when he
Indiana: Officials talk death penaltyIndiana Death ChamberProsecutors say the decision not to seek the death penalty against 3 suspects charged in last year's south side explosion involved many factors. I-Team 8 took an in-depth look at the decision-making process.Early Monday morning, Prosecutor Terry Curry filed formal requests to
Saudi Arabia beheads citizen for murderRiyadh: Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its nationals on Tuesday in the southwestern Aseer region after he was convicted of murdering a fellow citizen, the interior ministry announced.Mohammad Al Qah’tani shot dead Mueed Al Qah’tani during a fight between the two, the ministry said in a statement
Saudi Arabia beheading nearly 2 people per week this yearPublic execution in KSAA spree of executions that has sent 10 prisoners to their deaths since the beginning of the year in Saudi Arabia must be halted, Amnesty International said today.The beheadings included the death of Abdullah Fandi al-Shammari on 5 February 2013 who had originally been
After years of insisting he was innocent of murder, death row inmate Charles Dean Hood pleads guilty, takes life sentenceHood, Holland, the judge, O’Connell, the prosecutorCharles Dean Hood, the death row inmate who insisted he was innocent in the 1989 killings of a Plano man and his girlfriend, has pleaded guilty instead of facing a new sentencing trial. He was sentenced to life and cannot appeal. He will not
Three hanged in Isfahan, IranIran Human Rights, February 6: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Isfahan reported the Iranian state media today.According to the website of the Iranian national broadcasting the three prisoners who were not identified by name were convicted of drug related charges.Source: Iran Human
French national Serge Atlaoui on death row in Indonesia since 2007Serge AtlaouiSerge Atlaoui is one of the 2,200 French nationals detained abroad that Florence Cassez's recent release [Cassez was sentenced to 60 years in jail for kidnapping in Mexico and recently freed by Mexico's Supreme Court] has brought to light. As 40% of them, he was arrested for drug
A Death Penalty Fight Comes HomeANNAPOLIS, Md. — Kirk Noble Bloodsworth, a beefy, crew-cut man whose blue T-shirt reads “Witness to Innocence,” took the microphone in a church hall here and ran through his story of injustice and redemption one more time. Twenty years ago, he walked out of a Maryland prison, the first inmate in
Saudi Arabia: Killer to be executed after 30 years in jailA Saudi man convicted of killing another Saudi could be executed in the next few days after spending nearly 30 years in prison, newspapers reported on Monday.Abdullah bin Fandi Al Shammari was around 23-years old when he used a large stick to hit his victim on the head during a fight in the
Indonesia: First State Executions Since 2008 on Horizon With 12 Facing Firing SquadAustralians Myuran Sukumaranand Andrew ChanThe Attorney General’s Office has revealed that 12 death row inmates are liable to face the firing squad after exhausting all avenues for appeal, in the first state executions since 2008.Basrief Arief, the attorney general, said on Friday that there was
Sri Lanka recruits two executioners to implement capital punishmentFeb 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka which is considering to implement the death penalty, has recruited two executioners, Ministry of Prison Reforms and Rehabilitation said.The two executioners, elected from 145 short-listed candidates, are presently undergoing a 14-day special training.After the training
Man hanged in public in Tehran, IranPublic hanging in TehranFebruary 13, 2013 Iran Human Rights, February 13: One prisoner was publicly hanged in Tehran today.According to the state run Iranian news agency Fars the man was convicted of murdering two girls in 2005.The public execution was carried out early this morning at
Effort To Abolish Florida's Death Penalty Fails On Committee VoteAn effort to abolish the death penalty in Florida finally got a hearing last week in a House committee after a three-year effort, but then quickly went down to defeat.The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 9-4 against a bill (HB 4005) that would have statutorily abolished the death penalty
Judge frees Texas man convicted in '81 stabbing death after new DNA tests point to new suspectRandolph Arledge, right, embraces hisson, Chris Rodgers, center. CORSICANA, Texas — A 58-year-old Texas man walked free Monday after serving years for a crime he didn't commit — the repeated stabbing of a woman whose body was found on a dirt road in rural North Texas.Randolph Arledge was
Europe Pushes to Keep Lethal Injection Drugs From U.S. PrisonsPharmaceutical makers have long promoted their products as a means to enhance or prolong life. Now some have been enmeshed in a transatlantic battle over whether their drugs can also be used to end it. Europe is escalating its war on the U.S. practice of executing inmates with prescription drugs
USA: Executions in 2012Executions in 2012, from Death Penalty Information Center's 2012 Year End Report. You can read the full text at more
Poll: Most Hungarians want to review EU membership, reinstate death penalty2/3 of Hungarians would consider it desirable for Hungary to review its EU membership or some of the commitments resulting from membership, according to a poll conducted by the Iranytu Institute.A further 23.8% oppose the idea, while 9.7% did not take a stand.Only 17% said Hungary has benefited
Saudi king saves woman from beheadingKing Abdullah of Saudi Arabia personally intervened to save a local woman from execution after she was sentenced to death eight years ago for murdering a Yemeni man, newspapers in the Gulf Kingdom reported on Wednesday.Amina bin Mohammed Dagreeri, 55, had been on the death row all that time but
Iran: Petty Criminals Sent to the GallowsPublic hanging in TehranJan. 20, 2013Iran has begun handing down death sentences for robbery – a crime that previously carried much less severe punishments. In socially and politically uncertain times, the regime is increasingly resorting to Draconian measures in the hope that these will serve as
Two men from Mali saved by French troops from execution for having gay sexReuters has reported that two men from Gao, Mali, who were due to be executed for having gay sex by an extreme Muslim militia, were rescued when French-led forces liberated the town.France, along with other African nations and including the Malian army, intervened to end a ten-month rebellion by
India Cabinet Proposes Death Penalty in Severe Rape CasesNEW DELHI--India's cabinet has proposed death as the maximum punishment for severe rape cases, a senior minister said Saturday in the wake of public demands for stern action after the brutal gang rape of a student in New Delhi in December.The death penalty proposal forms part of an ordinance
Texas Leads U.S. in Executions, Payments to Exonerated InmatesIn 2006, after serving 19 years and 11 months in a Texas prison for a rape he didn't commit, Billy Smith was exonerated of all charges and set free. He was 54. Despite clearing his name, he's never been able to find a job."Who wants to hire someone who's 61 years old and who's an ex-convict?"
Iran: 2 hanged over drug chargesIran Human Rights, February 12: Two prisoners were hanged in Arak (South of Tehran) and one prisoner is scheduled to be hanged publicly in Tehran tomorrow  (Feb. 13), reported the Iranian state media.According to the official Iranian news agency IRNA two prisoners identified as "A. M." (29)
Russian authorities oppose return of death penaltyOfficials in the Kremlin and in parliament have rejected the possibility of a return of the death penalty in Russian after Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said in an interview that he saw nothing wrong in it.Kolokoltsev commented on 2 recent murders of small girls and said that is some
India: No rubber stamp, Pranab acts fast on mercy pleasBarely 6 months after he moved into Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Pranab Mukherjee has rejected the two most talked about mercy petitions in recent times, resulting in the hanging of terror convicts in both cases.The rejection of mercy petitions filed by Mumbai terror convict Ajmal Amir Kasab and
Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru hanged in Delhi's Tihar jailNEW DELHI: Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru has been hanged in Delhi's Tihar jail on Saturday morning.According to TV reports, home ministry has confirmed that Afzal Guru has been hanged.Earlier the reports said that his mercy plea had been rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee. He was
Sister Helen Prejean: the Bible belt and the death belt are the sameSr. Prejean, Paris, 2007Prejean sees the problem is a US “culture of violence” that needs to change. There is a “seesaw” view of the world, “justice means, he’s dead- he dies.” Prejean has seen the pressure this puts on the families of victims to ask for the death penalty. Society says, “you have
Gay Saudi prince jailed for life in Britain for murdering servant to serve rest of sentence in home countryPrince (L) and servant (R)London: A Saudi prince jailed for life in Britain for murdering his servant is to serve the rest of his sentence in his home country, a British government source said on Tuesday.Prince Saud Bin Abdul Aziz Bin Nasir, a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah II, was
Saudi Arabia: Man Beheaded After 30 Years On Death RowFebruary 5, 2013: Saudi authorities beheaded a man some thirty years after he was convicted of murder, after his victim's youngest son came of age and agreed to the punishment.The country's Interior Ministry announced that Abdullah al-Shomari was beheaded in the northern city of Ha'il for beating
Louisiana Death RowLouisiana Death RowThe Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the Jindal administration late Monday to halt the scheduled execution Feb. 13 of a convicted child killer because that lethal injection would occur on Ash Wednesday.“To execute a faithful Catholic on Ash Wednesday would be
Indian President approves death penalty in some rape casesIndian Supreme CourtIndia's president on Sunday approved harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, after a brutal gang-rape in New Delhi sparked national outrage and triggered demands for tougher laws.President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the new rape law two days after
Zimbabwe hangman vacancy filled after 7 yearsHARARE (Feb 2, 2013): Zimbabwe has finally hired a hangman after seven years of searching, but he has not yet executed any of the 76 people on death row, a top prisons official has said."Indeed, we now have a hangman," Prison Service Commissioner Paradzai Zimondi was quoted as saying in Saturday's
Yemen: Scores on hunger strike after 15-year-old boy sentenced do deathSharia execution in YemenJanuary 31, 2013: Amnesty International has expressed concern at the situation in a Yemeni prison where scores of children are on hunger strike to protest at their conditions and about a fellow inmate’s recent death sentence.The child detainees at Sana’a’s Central Prison