capital punishment

Pakistan Urges Indonesia to Delay Execution of Man Convicted of Drug Smuggling

JAKARTA, July 25 – Pakistan on Monday urged the Indonesian government to stay the execution of one of its nationals convicted of smuggling drugs, citing concerns that his 2005 trial had been unfair. Indonesia, which is among Southeast Asia’s biggest markets for narcotics, has declared a “drug emergency” and vowed no mercy for drug traffickers.

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Bangladesh Hangs Islamist Leader for Rape and Genocide in 1971 War

By Ruma Paul DHAKA, May 11 – Bangladesh hanged Islamist party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami on Wednesday for genocide and other crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, the law minister said, risking an angry reaction from his supporters. Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at Dhaka Central jail just after midnight,

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Iran President Under Scrutiny Over Juvenile Executions

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, April 13  – The case presented by the Iranian judiciary was simple: In the southern province of Fars, Fatemeh Salbehi suffocated her husband after drugging him, a capital crime in the Islamic Republic. What made the case controversial is that Salbehi was only 17, a minor by international legal standards, when

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Iran: Dead Billionaire Walking

From black market trading in the  bazaar, Babak Zanjani became  Iran’s top sanctions buster. Now  he faces execution for corruption BY  Sune Engel Rasmussen For the past two years, while he was languishing in Tehran’s Evin Prison, the world seemed to forget Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani. But he returned to the headlines on March 6,

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Mumtaz Qadri’s Execution May Just Be A Turning Point In Pakistan

By Omar R Quraishi Mumtaz Qadri was a member of an elite police detachment tasked with guarding important people in the Pakistan government. On January 4, 2011, while deployed in the security detail of then Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer he pumped 28 bullets into his body in an affluent neighborhood of the country’s capital Islamabad. He immediately

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Pope Calls for Worldwide Ban on Death Penalty

VATICAN CITY, Feb 21  – Pope Francis on Sunday called for a worldwide ban on the death penalty, saying the commandment “You shall not kill” was just as valid for the guilty as for the innocent. Speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, the pope also called on Catholic politicians worldwide

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Bangladesh Opposition Leaders to Hang for War Crimes

DHAKA, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected final appeals from two opposition leaders against death sentences for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence, rulings that are likely to spark protests by their supporters. Muslim-majority Bangladesh has seen a rise in Islamist violence in recent months, with two foreigners and four secular writers

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