Prisoner Hanged on Murder Charges
On Sunday April 30, a prisoner was reportedly executed at Hamadan Central
Prison on murder charges, and another prisoner was returned to his cell after
his execution was temporarily halted.
Close sources have identified the prisoner who was executed as Imran
Askardasht, 30 years of age. "He was charged with murder in 2010," a close
source tells Iran Human Rights.
On the same day, a prisoner in Hamadan Central Prison, who is on death row on
murder charges, had his execution sentence temporarily halted upon receiving
consent from the plaintiffs on his case file. Close sources have identified
this prisoner as Bakhtiar Leilinejad, 31 years of age.
Imran and Bakhtiar were both transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday
April 29 in preparation for their executions.
Kishoreganj court sentences 4 to death for murdering 10-year-old boy
A Kishoreganj court has awarded the death penalty to 4 persons for the
abduction and murder of a 10-year-old boy.
On Aug 12, 2014, Sakibul Hasan Tutul was kidnapped from a village in the
district's Pakundia Upazila.
The abductors called the father Kamal Uddin on his phone and demanded Tk 1
million in ransom. 2 days later, Tutul's body was found near his home,
according to court documents.
On Wednesday, Kishoreganj's Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal
delivered the verdict with the convicts on the dock.
Those received the death sentence are 'Dulal', 'Shohag', 'Aminul' and 'Dalim'.
Prosecutor AM Afzal said Tutul's father started the murder case accusing the 4.
Egyptian authorities execute man convicted of raping and murdering 5-year-old
girl in Minya governorate
Egyptian prison authorities executed Wednesday a 22-year-old man convicted of
raping and murdering a 5-year-old girl in Upper Egypt's Minya governorate in
Investigations in the case revealed that the convict kidnapped the girl, before
taking her to an abandoned building in Maghaha village and raping her. He
choked her with a cloth and repeatedly hit her in the head.
The convict's death verdict was upheld by the Court of Cassation in February
The Minya governorate prisons department also executed Wednesday 5 people
convicted of murder in Qena and Gharbeya governorates under tight security
On Tuesday, an Egyptian criminal court referred to the Grand Mufti a death
sentence issued against a man convicted of raping a 20-month-old child in the
Nile Delta governorate of Daqahliya last month in a case known publicly known
as "the diaper girl's case."
The court is expected to confirm the sentence on 2 June after the Grand Mufti
gives his opinion, which is not legally binding, on the validity of the death
sentence according to Islamic law.
The most famous case of the rape and murder of a child happened in the coastal
governorate of Port-Said in 2013, when 2 minors kidnapped, raped and killed
5-year-old girl Zeina Arafa, provoking rage and public outcry across the
The convicts in this case were sentenced by a criminal court to 20 years in
prison. The court apologised to the public for not imposing capital punishment,
as Egyptian law forbids issuing the death penalty to people younger than 18
Rapist of 2-Year-Old Girl Handed Death Penalty
An Egyptian Criminal Court gave a 35-year-old man, who had raped a baby girl in
March, a death sentence, referring the case to Dar al-Iftaa.
The final verdict is to be issued on June 2.
Being the survivor's neighbour, the rapist narrated how he took her as she was
playing in front of her house in Dakahlia governorate into an uninhabited room,
removed her diaper before he raped her, and ran away when he found her
bleeding. The year and 8 months old girl was transferred to a hospital to get a
reconstructive surgery due to major damages in her vagina.
"My daughter can't utter the words mama and papa yet and all of this has
happened to her. My heart is burning and there's nothing I can do for her," the
mother of the raped child said, according to Egypt Independent.
The deputy of Egypt's al-Azhar, the largest Muslim beacon had called for anyone
found guilty of molesting child to receive the death penalty, he told
state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.
In Egypt, all capital punishment sentences are referred to Dar al-Iftaa, a
religious body giving rulings to the masses and consultation for the judiciary.
Somali boys executed killed for alleged terrorism
Somalia is under criticism following the execution of some children suspected
to be members of the Al-Shabaab terror group.
5 boys, aged between 14 and 17, have been sentenced to death in the
northeastern Puntland region for their alleged role in the killing of 3 senior
administration officials in February.
A military tribunal meted the sentences.
There are plans to execute 2 more boys Muhamed Yasin Abdi (aged 17) and Daud
Saied Sahal (15) also for their alleged membership of the Al-Shabaab and the
killing of government officials.
Rights group, Amnesty International, said the boys were executed following a
fundamentally flawed process during which they were tortured to confess, denied
access to a lawyer and additional protections accorded to juveniles, and tried
in a military tribunal.
"The lives of the remaining 2 boys must be spared," said Michelle Kagari,
Amnesty International's deputy regional director.
Kagari said authorities should halt the executions and retry the boys in fair
proceedings in a juvenile civilian court without recourse to the death penalty.
"The Puntland authorities must not allow more blood on their hands."
Amnesty nonetheless demanded those responsible for killing the 3 administration
officials be identified and be brought to justice.
"Torturing juveniles to confess, subjecting them to an unfair trial and then
executing them does not ensure this."
According to family members, the boys, who they denied were members of the
Al-Shabaab, were subjected to electric shock, burnt with cigarettes on their
genitals, beaten and raped into confessing to the murders.
4 hardcore Taliban terrorists executed
4 hardcore Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists were sent to the gallows
on Wednesday morning.
According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the terrorists named
Barkat Ali, Muhammad Adil, Ishaq and Latif-ur-Rehman were involved in
committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including killing of
innocent civilians, attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan and Law Enforcement
Barkat Ali an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in
killing of a civilian and was possessing fire-arms and explosives.
Muhammad Adil was also an active member of TTP and he was involved in
kidnapping and slaughtering soldiers of Frontier Constabulary (FC) and
destruction of a police station.
Ishaq was affiliated with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan as well. He was involved
in attacking armed forces of Pakistan and law enforcement agencies which
resulted in death of a junior commissioned officer and injuries to a police
Latif Ur Rehman was a member of TTP and was involved in kidnapping and killing
security personnel and attacks on armed forces of Pakistan which resulted in
death of many soldiers.
All 4 terrorists were found guilty in possessing arms and explosives. They
confessed their crimes in front of a magistrate and were awarded death penalty.
Death penalty for 3 in suicide attack case upheld
A Lahore High Court division bench on Tuesday upheld death penalty handed down
to 3 men for their role in Police Emergency Rescue Service-15 building suicide
The bench comprising Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan and Justice Shehram Sarwar
dismissed appeals against the sentence filed by convicts Abid Akram, Sarfraz
Counsel for the convicts argued that his clients were already in custody of law
enforcement agencies when the suicide attack took place in 2009.
He said the FIR of the incident was lodged against unidentified suspects while
the convicts were later implicated in the case.
The counsel argued that though prosecution failed to produce any direct or
independent evidence against the convicts, the trial court awarded death
sentence to them.
He asked the bench to set aside the conviction and acquit the convicts.
Opposing the appeals, a deputy public prosecutor argued that the convicts were
the facilitators of the attack. He said Shahdara police had arrested the
convicts on Dec 3, 2010 and during the interrogation they (convicts) confessed
to their involvement in the Rescue-15 suicide attack.
The prosecutor further stated that police had also recovered weapons from the
convicts' possession. He said the trial court had handed down the death penalty
to the convicts in the light of convincing evidence produced by the
After hearing both sides, the bench dismissed the appeals and upheld the
conviction of the appellants.
An anti-terrorism court had on Jan 30, 2015 handed down death penalty to each
convict on 23 counts. At least 26 people, including security personnel, had
lost their lives in the attack while over 300 were injured.
Christian Mother Asia Bibi's Death Sentence Appeal Delayed Again by Pakistan
Asia Bibi, the Christian mother imprisoned on death row in Pakistan, will have
her appeal hearing delayed yet again after the nation's Supreme Court rejected
a request for her case to be heard in early June.
Saiful Malook, Bibi's attorney, told the Pakistani news outlet The Express
Tribune that Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar declined his client's request for
an early hearing. As previously reported, Nisar, a Muslim lawyer, had submitted
the request in mid-April for Bibi's case to be heard in the 1st week of June.
"I have been informed that the plea was declined by the CJP," Malook told the
Bibi, who is also known as Aasiya Noreen and could become the 1st woman in
Pakistan to be executed over a blasphemy allegation, has spent nearly 8 years
in prison after local Muslim women accused her of insulting the Muslim prophet
Muhammad. The women got angry because she drank from the same water bowl as
As blasphemy, in some instances, in Pakistan is punishable by death or life in
prison, Bibi was sentenced to death in November 2010 even though she maintained
"This is very unfortunate. Her husband became quiet when he heard the latest
developments. We shall again apply for the hearing and keep struggling for
justice," Joseph Nadeem, executive director of the Renaissance Education
Foundation, told the Asia-based Catholic news outlet ucanews.com. "There are
many factors at work behind the slow pace of judiciary. Her case has been in
the doldrums due to huge pressure. There will be a strong reaction if Bibi is
freed, opposing groups have made it a matter of honor and ego."
Initially, Bibi appealed her death sentence to the Lahore High Court but her
hearing was delayed at least 7 times before her appeal was heard in October
2014 and her sentencing was upheld.
Last summer, there was optimism that Bibi might finally have her appeal heard
by the Pakistan Supreme Court. It was reported that Nisar had ordered Bibi's
appeal to be heard in the second week of October 2016.
However, the hearing was postponed. According to the American Center for Law
and Justice, the hearing was delayed after Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman was
recused from the case because he was the chief justice on the Islamabad High
Court when that court upheld the conviction of the Muslim bodyguard who
assassinated Punjab Gov. Salmaan Taseer in 2011. Gov Taseer had spoken out in
defense of Bibi and against the nation's blasphemy laws.
Since Pakistan instituted blasphemy laws in the 1980s, the laws have been used
by Muslims to settle personal scores and target Christians and other religious
minorities. Bibi is not the only Christian to have been victimized by the
Last October, it was reported that a 9-year-old Christian boy was accused of
burning the Quran. The boy and his mother were later arrested and claimed they
were beaten and tortured by police.
"Such atrocities have become routine. The plight of Bibi has had a dampening
effect on minorities. Their grief cannot be addressed because of religious
retrogressive and extremist groups. Islamists consider her freedom a defeat for
their movement," Christian lawyer Naeem Shakir told ucanews.com.
Pakistan currently ranks as the 4th worst country in the world when it comes to
the persecution of Christians, according to Open Doors USA's 2017 World Watch
Purge of 'anti-death' solons to continue
The leadership of the House of Representatives will continue the revamp of its
members who voted against the death penalty bill last March, Speaker Pantaleon
Alvarez said on Tuesday.
"The revamp will proceed," Alvarez said when asked if his leadership will still
declare vacant the positions of other majority allies who failed to support the
The Speaker implemented the overhaul immediately after the House voted on House
Bill 4727, the proposal seeking to reimpose the death penalty on drug-related
cases. The ruling coalition declared seats vacant for specific positions and
Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the former president, and other
anti-death penalty lawmakers was removed from their posts. Arroyo was House
deputy speaker for Central Luzon.
But Alvarez said his leadership would respect the constitutional provision
where a party has the right to nominate a representative to the Commission on
Appointments, after Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Sato - a member of the
12-man House contingent to the powerful CA - of the Liberal Party voted against
Meanwhile, the death penalty bill is not likely to be enacted during the first
regular session of the 17th Congress that will end in June.
This came after Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Farinas, the House Majority Floor
Leader, identified 14 measures to be approved by both the Senate and the House
of Representatives before its sine die adjournment next month.
"These bills will be approved by both chambers until May 31. This is a joint
agreement between the House and the Senate," Farinas told reporters.
The death penalty bill that was approved by the House of Representatives last
March was not included in the list.
While the House managed to approved the death penalty bill, contained in House
Bill 4727 and principally authored by Speaker Alvarez, the Senate was cold to
the proposal and did not include the bill in its priority agenda.
Besides Rep. Arroyo, removed from their positions last March were Sorsogon Rep.
Evelina Escudero, chairman of the House committee on basic education; Batangas
Rep. Vilma Santos Recto, chairman of the House committee on civil service and
professional regulation; Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-Ao, chairman of the
House committee on people participation; Gabriela party-list Rep. Emmi de
Jesus, chairman of the House committee on poverty alleviation; ACT party-list
Rep. Antonio Tinio, chairman of the House committee on public information; Anak
Mindanao party-list Rep. Sitti Hataman, on Muslim Affairs; Buhay Hayaang
Yumabong party-list Rep. Mariano Michael Velarde, on overseas workers affairs.
Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate, on natural resources; Batanes Rep.
Henedina Abad, on government reorganization; Democratic Independent Workers'
Association party-list Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, on women and gender
equality; and Quezon City Rep. Christopher Belmonte, on special committee on
Congress resumed its session yesterday and will adjourn sine die on June 2.
Death penalty demanded
Strongly condemning the gang rape of 2 minor girls by seven youths on April 14
night and demanding death penalty for the 7 rapists, a large number of school
students took out a rally at Heirok, Thoubal district today.
The rally was organised by Social Youth Progressive Organisation and Youth
Forum for Protection of Human Rights.
The student protestors held placards,"Punish the rapists", "Justice delayed is
justice denied", "Stop ill-treating women", "Respect women" etc in the rally
which started from Heirok Part II welcome shed and passed through Heirok Part I
and III .
(source: The Sangai Express)
Supreme Court upholds death penalty for 55-year-old who raped, killed
The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a review petition of a 55-year-old man
and sent him to gallows for raping and stoning to death a 4-year-old girl in
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said "no case is made out" and dismissed
the review petition.
The bench, which also comprised Justices RF Nariman and UU Lalit, said "the
aggravating circumstances and the barbaric manner in which the 4-year-old was
killed, clearly outweigh the mitigating circumstances."
The convict is currently lodged in Nagpur jail.
The court had on November 26, 2014 upheld the trial court as well as Bombay
High Court judgements awarding death sentence to Maharashtra resident Vasanta
Sampat Dupare in the 2008 rape-cum-murder case of Nagpur.
The apex court had on July 14 last year agreed to examine the plea of Dupare,
who had claimed he was not accorded a fair chance to put forth his arguments by
the trial court which sentenced him to death.
While upholding death penalty awarded to the convict, the top court had said
that the rape of a minor girl child is nothing but "a monstrous burial of her
dignity in darkness."
The court had referred to the sequence of events in the case and said that the
convict, who was a neighbour, lured the girl, raped her and then battered her
to death using 2 heavy stones.
(source: Hindustan Times)
Monmouth woman completes 178-mile challenge to help those on death row
A Monmouth woman has completed a 178-mile cycle ride to assist individuals
facing the death penalty in the United States.
Lucie Boase, 27, who grew up in Monmouth and now works in Bristol as a
paralegal, set off on 2nd May to New Orleans, Louisiana, to take up a 3-month
voluntary position providing legal assistance for prisoners who could otherwise
not afford it.
The trip comes after she completed Hadrian's Cycleway, a National Cycle Network
route which follows the course of Hadrian's Wall from Ravenglass on the west
coast to South Shields on the east coast in just 4 days, averaging 45 miles a
day. She has so far raised nearly 900 pounds of her 1,000 pounds target.
"I've always loved cycling but I've never done anything as arduous as this
before - at the moment I just do my daily four-mile commute", says Lucie.
"I wanted to raise some awareness about what I was going out to New Orleans to
do and thought that this represented a fitting challenge, both in terms of my
own ability but also because of the symbolism of walls themselves, creating
barriers and division.
"I'm excited by the prospect of using my skills as a lawyer to provide
representation to individuals who face the death penalty in Louisiana - in a
small way, helping to break down some of the walls which confine us."
Amicus, the UK-based charity which arranges work placements for law graduates
in the United States, was founded in 1992 in memory of Andrew Lee Jones who was
executed by the state of Louisiana, dubbed the 'world's prison capital'. An
internship with the charity was an unequivocal choice for Lucie:
"I oppose the death penalty and believe it plays no part in a progressive
society. It's been proven that it is disproportionately imposed on the most
vulnerable in society, violating their right to due process and the concept of
equal justice before the law.
"The significant problem in the US is that there is no minimum level of
experience required to defend a capital trial, leading to inexperienced lawyers
and poor representation.
"The quality of legal representation in a capital trial can therefore mean the
difference between life and death.
"Amicus, a tiny organisation with limited funds, works not through campaigning
but through active involvement in frontline work, sending legally-qualified
interns like me to support lawyers working in the US."
Lucie will spend her time in New Orleans supporting public defenders: lawyers
appointed by the state to represent people who are accused of criminal acts and
can't afford a lawyer to represent them.
Although it is now illegal to impose the death penalty upon people who are
under 18 at the time of their crime, courts still exercise a wide discretion in
sentencing children to life-long prison sentences, denying them the option of
ever being released or being rehabilitated back into society.
Lucie hopes to have a hands-on experience helping with all aspects, from
gathering evidence and building an effective defence, to attending court and
"It's an extremely exciting - albeit daunting - opportunity and I can't wait to
start," she adds. "Although the US has a very different legal system facing
very different issues to those which we deal with here in the UK,
"I am confident that my experience with Amicus will prove instructive for my
practice back home, and inform my ongoing work as a lawyer, ensuring access to
justice for all."
Amicus internships are unpaid and Lucie must bear all of the costs of the trip
To donate to help with Lucie's trip, or to follow her progress in New Orleans,
visit her JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lucie-boase-amicus
Should all convicts of capital offences get death penalty?
The spectre of unconstitutionality surrounding the handling of capital
offenders has widened to whether all convicts deserve the same penalty: death.
There are 5 crimes classified as capital offences in Penal Code: murder,
treason, oathing for criminal activities by proscribed criminal outfits,
robbery and attempted robbery with violence.
The law prescribes death as the only sentence for convicts of such offences.
And the debate on the controversial capital punishment and intrigues around it
could open the floodgates of court suits, leading to a constitutional crisis if
the majority support abolition of the penalty.
Experts say sometimes, the mandatory death sentence serves extreme punishment
to some undeserving convicts of the offences, and is therefore disproportionate
Views are that there should be variations in penalties meted out on convicts of
capital offfences, depending on motivation for and degree of aggravation in
committing such crimes.
Also in question is whether the law should consider the circumstances under
which each offender commits the offences, and set a formula of determining
varied proportionate penalties.
Justice Jessie Lesiit, the principal judge in the High Court's criminal
division, says lack of distinction and clear definitions of the offences of
robbery and robbery with violence have led to disproportionate sentencing of
Lesiit said the sections that define robbery, simple robbery and robbery with
violence, and attempted robbery and attempted robbery with violence are
She said the limitations or the challenges the judicial officers face is not in
the sentence to give but in lack of clarity and lack of differentiation between
the manner in which the offence is committed and the kind of weapons used in
the offences of robbery.
That failure to clarify, classify and distinguish between the actions, the
weapons and what is done, even the execution of the offence, poses a problem,
She said there are crimes that would be deserving of a serious punishment, even
if it is death, because of the way in which they are executed and the kind of
And there are others that are not deserving at all because of the way they were
executed and the weapons the offenders carried.
"Those are the things we are saying, let us have a distinction in our law so we
can say in this case, aggravation was lacking; they didn't do a good thing but
they didn't come with a kind of force that would require a severe punishment.
Each should be in category of their own," Lesiit said.
"But ours is the same river that carries all of them, which is a mistake.
Because Kenyans said they want it [death sentence], let us have it for the most
serious of offences, the most aggravated ones. The person who uses gun, knives
and petrol bombs can get the death penalty."
A 3-judge bench chaired by Lesiit herself in September 2015 directed Parliament
and the state law office to amend some sections of the penal code to meet
12 death row convicts whose sentences were commuted to life were challenging
many issues, including the mandatory death sentence - the fact that because the
sentence is mandatory even if mitigation is given, it is of no use because the
sentence is already pre-determined by the statute.
Lesiit said the bench found that there is no distinct clarity to differentiate
between degrees of aggravation of the offence of robbery, the offence of
robbery with violence and attempted robbery with violence with sufficient
She said the problem is not the sentence but that the laws have not
differentiated the actions and the manner of executions of those offences, then
they go on to provide all of them with 1 sentence.
There is no distinct clarity to differentiate between degrees of aggravation of
the offence of robbery, the offence of robbery with violence and attempted
robbery with violence with sufficient particularities.
"What we found is that the definition section 295 gives of robbery is
inadequate and insufficient in its scope and also in application. The penalties
sections that are provided do not set out the required details in precision
that meet the constitutional threshold that requires certainty and clarity of
the offence charged on the accused person to be able to defend themselves,"
"We said those sections are ambiguous and are conflicted to such an extent that
they violate an accused person's right to a fair trial. Because under article
27 of the constitution, it requires that accused persons who are a special
category of persons facing criminal trial should be accorded equal treatment,
protection and equal benefits under the law."
Justice Lesiit said they asked Parliament to look at those sections to come up
with clarification and distinction in aggravation, "so that if you are 2 of you
and it is ngeta [using hands to subdue someone], that offence should have a
"If they can distinguish that and state here where you used firearms or
grenades or you have gone with knives, you have stabbed people and all those
things, then that one is an aggravated form of robbery. If it is where they
have shot everybody and the sentence is death, it will be proportionate to what
they have done," Lesiit said.
She said the offence should lead to an imprisonment of not more than 10 years,
with the court having discretion to determine exactly how many years they will
give, depending on the execution of the offence.
Lesiit said if somebody committed the offence while armed with a gun and
another person was armed with a stick, the two ought not be treated the same.
INTENTION THAT COUNTS
But Shatikha Chivusia, a Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
commissioner, differs with Lesiit on pegging the penalties on the types of
weapons and degree of aggravation used.
Chivusia argues that for there to be culpability, there must be an intention
and then the action - the 2 things that go hand in hand in the ingredients of
crime, irrespective of what kind of weapon is used.
"If this person left his house with a gun, the other left his house with a
knife and another with a stick, all of these items are able to cause bodily
harm, which means as the person is preparing to go and commit that crime, in
their mind the rationale is: should there be interference or should the victim
resist, then I am going to use what I have," Chivusia said.
"For the common chicken thieves, the aim is to steal and go away, but the
moment you are armed, you have an intention to cause harm should your plans be
She said said after a convict is sent to the hangman, there is a window for
appeal, which means that the due process is followed, and having listened to
both sides and evidence before the court, it is on that basis that capital
punishment is pronounced.
Lesiit says in the case where a gun is involved and is fired, that offence is
She says a fired gun and a stick cannot be compared, and there should be
degrees of aggravation recognised under the law.
"We just have a definition of what a robbery is. It tells you if your intention
is to rob someone of something. For instance, if you are with another person
and maybe you are armed with something, which they don't specify to distinguish
levels of aggravation - they say now that is robbery with violence," she said.
"If you stole something from somebody and you were 2 of you, it doesn't matter
whether you used any actual violence or not. If you are 2 of you and you have
stolen something from someone, that is robbery with violence."
Lesiit added: "It cannot be that somebody who is not armed and is with another
one and they steal something, that that is the same level of robbery as the one
who comes armed with a gun and they are a huge number of people and they are
firing all over the place."
Attorney General GIthu Muigai supported the repealing of some sections of the
Penal Code to remove generalities that anchor inherent unfairness.
He said the law should be amended to distinguish between a person who is the
principal perpetrator of the crime and the person who is a victim of
circumstances by being at the same place at the same time with the person who
commits the crime.
"Our law must catch up with the most recent thinking globally, about crime and
punishment," Muigai said.
"Right now if you are with a person who intends to rob somebody but you don't
know his intention, then he uses violence, you are also an accomplice and you
will be charged with capital robbery."
EU, Switzerland urge Nigeria to abolish death sentences
The European Union (EU) Heads of Mission in Nigeria and the Ambassador of
Switzerland on Tuesday condemned death penalty sentences in Nigeria.
This was contained in a joint statement released by EU Heads of Mission to
Nigeria Michel Arrion and Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria Eric Mayooraz in Abuja,
the Nation's capital.
The statement called on State Governors as well as the Nigerian Government to
comprehensively respond to the issue through a more transparent approach.
The envoys singled out the proposed executions in Lagos State, describing it as
'cruel, degrading and inhuman punishment.'
As of 2017, Nigeria remains one of the only countries in the World where
Capital punishment is legal.
The country has constantly faced backlash for failing to abolish the death
penalty. In 2O16 alone Nigeria recorded over 527 death sentences.
Human Rights group, Amnesty International says the country handed down more
death sentences that year than any other country except China.
In Nigeria, the Edo State Government executed 3 people in 2016, the 1st
executions since 2013.
According to information provided by Nigeria's prisons service, a total of
1,979 people are currently under death sentence.
The Statement by the EU said that death penalty fails to provide deterrence to
criminal behaviour and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and
?It maintains that death penalty is as barbaric as it is outlandish, adding
that globally 104 countries have abolished death penalty for all crimes.
According to the Statement, Nigeria and Gambia are countries in ECOWAS still
executing their citizens.
The statement also pledged the support of the EU and Switzerland in
strengthening the Nigerian judicial system and improving the rights and safety
"The EU and Switzerland are committed to contribute to the strengthening of the
Nigerian judicial system and the promotion of rule of law and justice for
"We look forward to further supporting Nigerian authorities in adopting
appropriate legislation to improve the rights and safety of its citizens, in
accordance with our positions on death penalty," the statement read.
Death penalty of honour-killing uncles commuted
2 Palestinian brothers have been given a reprieve after being sentenced to
death for murdering their niece in a so-called 'honour killing' by forcing her
to swallow poison while pointing a gun to her head.
The Palestinian Criminal Court has commuted the death sentence with
imprisonment of 10 and 7 years after the victim's parents gave up their rights
in the case.
The 20-year-old victim - identified only as T.S. - fled home when her family
discovered she had agreed to marry a man she had fallen in love with. She
sought refuge at the house of a community leader in Nablus, who vowed to
The court heard that the victim's father and his brothers visited the community
leader and asked him to hand over the woman. He initially refused but relented
after the father and his brothers promised that no harm would come to her.
The father handed over his daughter to his brothers, who accompanied her to
another house in Nablus, where they prepared a cup of juice for her. On the 1st
sip, the woman became suspicious but one of her uncles pointed a gun to her
head and threatened to shoot her unless she drank all the juice.
A senior court official told Gulf News that according to the confession of the
2 uncles, their niece took 2 hours to die after swallowing a large amount of
the juice. The uncles told police that the woman had committed suicide after
her father forbade her from marrying her sweetheart - a story backed up by the
father and mother.
However, after an extensive investigation by the police and public prosecution,
the uncles were arrested and confronted with the evidence. They confessed,
saying they killed their niece for insisting on marrying the man she loved.
The Palestinian Criminal Court had sentenced the 2 murderers to death but
reprieved them on Monday because of the decision of the victim's parents to
give up their rights in the case.
(source: Gulf News)
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