Saudi authorities have arrested 11 people who were in possession of a total of 55.2 kilograms of cocaine, in the latest massive drug bust as the Kingdom continues to crack down on the smuggling, promotion and use of narcotics, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday.The group had tried to hide the cocaine in several residences in Jeddah to avoid police Leggi Tutto
Saipov will  serve his sentence at the maximum security prison in Florence, ColoradoNEW YORK (AP) — An unrepentant and defiant Islamic extremist received 10 life sentences and another 260 years in prison on Wednesday for killing eight people with a truck on a bike path in Manhattan on Halloween
For some justices, the Eighth Amendment is nothing more than an annoying technicality.On November 17, 2022, Kenneth Smith spent four agonizing hours strapped to a gurney waiting for the state of Alabama to kill him. Smith, who was convicted of murder in 1988 and sentenced to die by lethal
The number of executions recorded globally in 2022 was the highest in five years, as several Middle Eastern states ramped up their use of the death penalty, Amnesty International says.A total of 883 people are known to have been put to death across 20 countries, marking a rise of 53% compared to
(Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a challenge by an Alabama death row inmate who sued months before surviving a botched execution claiming that the state’s troubled lethal injection process would violate constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.In an
In May 2023, the de facto Deputy Chief Justice of Afghanistan announced that courts across the country had sentenced 175 individuals to Qisas (retribution in kind) punishments and 37 to stoning. Other sentences included physical punishments such as flogging and burying under a wall. The de facto
Father, girlfriend who killed his two children get verdict in second trialA father in Chongqing who killed his two children by tossing them out of a high-rise apartment window in 2020 was sentenced to death along with his girlfriend, who had prompted him to commit the act, after their second
Prime minister’s aide tells The Media Line that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are not being misused against minority groupsMinorities in Pakistan enjoy equal human rights to other citizens and “there is no misuse of the blasphemy laws against them,” Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, a religious cleric and the
Before leaving the Oval Office in 2021, Trump oversaw 13 executions, more than any other president in at least 100 years, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records.Former President Donald Trump spoke to New Hampshire voters during a CNN town hall held at St. Anselm College in Manchester
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said he will continue to ask for a commutation or even a pardon for Mary Jane Veloso, who is convicted of drug smuggling and condemned to death row.Marcos issued the statement in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia where he is to attend the 42nd Summit of
Oklahoma death row prisoner Richard Glossip’s execution was stayed by the Supreme Court on Friday, marking the ninth time he had an execution date put on hold. Glossip has maintained his innocence throughout his 25 years of incarceration; his accuser has previously attempted to recant his
Accusations made by the mullahs, such as insulting the Prophet of Islam, not wearing hijab, or improper veiling, are medieval excuses used to prevent an uprising from igniting.The wave of brutal and criminal executions, which began last week, continues to sweep across Iran. On Monday, May 8, the
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 16, 2023: Two unidentified Afghan men were executed for murder charges in Qezel Hesar Prison on 10 May, increasing the number of executions at the prison that day to five.According to HRANA news agency, two Afghan men were executed in Qezel Hesar Prison on 10 May
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia —  Singapore on Wednesday hanged another citizen for trafficking marijuana, the second in three weeks, as it clung firmly to the death penalty despite growing calls for the city-state to halt drug-related executions.The 37-year-old man was executed after his last-ditch bid
In early May, the Islamic Republic executed two men on charges of “insulting the Prophet” and “insulting Islamic sanctities.” Carrying out executions for blasphemy are very rare in Iran, as previous cases saw the sentences reduced by authorities.In 2002, the Iranian judiciary sentenced Hashem
HRANA, the Human Rights Activists News Agency, reported on May 13, 2023, that six inmates in Kerman prison and two in Khorramabad prison were executed for drug-related crimes.HRANA has identified two of the six inmates executed in Kerman prison as Kambiz Davarpanah and Amrollah (Shamal) Adish
Iran secured a senior role at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday, despite hanging two men on charges of blasphemy earlier this week.Iran will serve as chair of the Human Rights Council Social Forum for the next year, which is set to be focused on how technology can be used to promote human
Branch 9 of the Iranian Supreme Court has confirmed the death sentences of three protestors who were arrested during the nationwide protests in 2022 in Isfahan. Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kazemi, and Saeed Yaghoubi were accused of enmity against God (Moharebeh) in a legal case known as “Khaneh e
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 10, 2023: Three men were executed for drug-related charges in Qezel Hesar Prison. Bullets and tear gas were fired at families of death row prisoners gathered outside the prison to save their lives.According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, three men
Judge Elizabeth Scherer's handling of the case drew praise from Parkland families but criticism from Cruz's defense team.FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Florida judge who gained a national profile while presiding over the Parkland school shooting trial announced Wednesday that she is resigning June
On May 3, 2023, the family of Joe Nathan James sued the state of Alabama for the pain and suffering it caused during his 3-hour-long lethal injection in 2022. It is believed to be the longest known execution in U.S. history. RELATED | Alabama Execution of Joe Nathan James Marred by Failures to
In an article for the University of Oxford Death Penalty Research Unit, Professor John Bessler discusses whether the use of the death penalty should be classified as torture under the norms of international law. Bessler argues that since psychological torture is prohibited under the most
Islamic Republic’s Judiciary reported the execution of Yousef Mehrad and Sadrollah Fazeli Zare for offences against religion including “blasphemy” and “insulting the prophet.”Emphasising the inhumanity of the death penalty, Iran Human Rights strongly condemns its use against freedom of expression
Some argue nitrogen hypoxia is a painless way to kill, but critics fear there's not enough evidence.A new execution method could potentially soon be used for the first time in the US: nitrogen hypoxia. While its proponents argue it is a humane and effective means of capital punishment, its
The appellant asked for life imprisonment or a reduction to a non-capital charge.SINGAPORE: The Court of Appeal has dismissed a bid by a cannabis trafficker on death row to have his case reviewed.In a judgment released on Tuesday (May 16), Justice Tay Yong Kwang said the application was "clearly
TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian authorities on Monday executed five people over “armed drug smuggling” in the south of the country, the judiciary reported.The convicts, “all criminals and armed drug smugglers,” had been sentenced to death by hanging in a verdict upheld by Iran’s top court, the judiciary’s
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia wants to introduce a law to decriminalise the possession and use of small quantities of illicit drugs, its home affairs minister said on Monday, citing a need to reduce prison overcrowding.The move is the latest in a series of criminal justice reforms pursued by
In January, NPR aired excerpts from four tapes recorded behind the scenes during Virginia executions. It was only the second time in history that audio from inside an execution chamber had ever been published. The records revealed details about the last seconds of prisoners’ lives and indicated
Marcos is  pursuing all legal remedies including asking for her pardon, commutation of sentence, or even extradition to serve her sentence in the PhilippinesMANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Thursday said he has asked Indonesian President Joko Widodo to reexamine the case of jailed
For the ninth time, Richard Glossip had an execution date in Oklahoma—this one is set for May 18. He’s been up for execution enough times that conservative Christians in the state have learned about the mishandling of his case, and some are starting to question the death penalty itself.Last
Duane Owen, 62, is scheduled to die by lethal injection June 15 in the murder of Georgianna Worden, who was bludgeoned with a hammer and sexually assaulted in her Boca Raton home in May 1984, according to the death warrant and court records.In what would be Florida’s 4th execution in less than 4
Florida’s death penalty history is a complicated one. A Broward county circuit judge is looking to apply Florida's new death penalty law to an old case.Last month, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would reduce the requirements for sentencing someone to death.The law requires only 8 jurors
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Billboards across Iran's capital proclaim that women should wear their mandatory headscarves to honor their mothers. But perhaps for the first time since the chaotic days following Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, more women — both young and old — choose not to do so.Such open
Lawyers for Michael Tisius say his June 6 execution should be stopped after they discovered a juror could not read and was therefore unqualified to sit on the jury.Attorneys for Michael Tisius — scheduled for execution June 6 at a prison in eastern Missouri — say a man who served on the jury was