Latest Death Penalty News

  • Chad reintroduces death penalty. Which other countries use it? Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Amid several suicide bombings in the past few months, Chad reintroduced the death penalty for acts of terrorism. The Chadian parliament voted unanimously on Thursday to reauthorize the death penalty, six months after its abolition, the BBC reported. Chad has beefed up its security in recent weeks, following a spate of deadly Boko Haram attacks. More »

  • Italian anti-death penalty group honors Pope Francis Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    ROME (AP) — An Italian anti-death penalty group has honored Pope Francis with the prize "Abolitionist of the Year" for his strong position against the death penalty and other forms of "inhumane and degrading" punishments. More »

  • India hangs Mumbai blasts convict 22 years after attack Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Zeba Siddiqui and Aditya Kalra MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country's deadliest bombings, which killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court threw out his final plea for a stay of execution. Memon was convicted as the "driving spirit" behind the serial blasts in India's financial capital Mumbai, then known as Bombay. The execution drew wide public support but has stirred controversy about whether the punishment adequately reflected the help Memon gave authorities in solving the crime. More »

  • India president and supreme court reject clemency for 1993 bombings plotter
    India president and supreme court reject clemency for 1993 bombings plotter Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    India's president and supreme court rejected last-ditch pleas to stay the execution of Yakub Memon over his role in the country's worst-ever attack, clearing the way for him to be hanged on Thursday, the Press Trust of India reported. More »

  • #YakubToHang sentencing stirs public debate in India
    #YakubToHang sentencing stirs public debate in India Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    India's president rejects mercy plea of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict, making way for Yakub Memon's execution on Thursday. More »

  • Indian court puts off last-minute decision on death-row bomb convict Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    India's Supreme Court has put off by a day a decision on whether to stay the execution of the only person sentenced to death for India's deadliest bomb attack, meaning the convict will learn his fate just hours before he is due to be hanged on Thursday. Yakub Memon was convicted as the "driving spirit" behind blasts in Mumbai in 1993 that killed at least 257 people, but his case has divided opinion in India, with several eminent figures saying the sentence is too harsh. Police consider Memon's brother, "Tiger" Memon, and mafia don Dawood Ibrahim to be the main masterminds behind the attack, carried out to avenge the destruction of an ancient mosque by Hindu zealots in 1992. More »

  • In Somalia, a leafless tree is marked by death
    In Somalia, a leafless tree is marked by death Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Puntland locals find themselves disturbed by haunting execution site but too frightened to ever cut it down. More »

  • Insight - Militants in minority in Pakistan execution drive, deterrent effect …
    Insight - Militants in minority in Pakistan execution drive, deterrent effect … Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - When Pakistan resumed executions after the massacre of 134 pupils at an army-run school last December, the government promised hangings would help deter Islamist militants. Hangings are set to resume this week after a hiatus for the Muslim month of fasting, and the findings raise questions over whether Pakistan's capital punishment is having the desired effect. Lawyers and rights groups say several cases that ended in execution had serious legal shortcomings, and although the campaign is broadly popular at home it has drawn condemnation from international partners. More »

  • 'Staggering toll': Iran executed nearly 700 in first half of 2015, report … Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    In 2014, Iran topped the list as the world’s most frequent executioner. “Iran’s staggering execution toll for the first half of this year paints a sinister picture of the machinery of the state carrying out premeditated, judicially-sanctioned killings on a mass scale,” wrote Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program. More »

  • Amnesty protests 'staggering execution spree' in Iran
    Amnesty protests 'staggering execution spree' in Iran Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Amnesty International on Thursday protested at what it called a "staggering execution spree" in Iran so far this year that has seen almost 700 people put to death. More »

  • First Saudi execution after Ramadan pause
    First Saudi execution after Ramadan pause Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Saudi Arabia carried out its first execution in five weeks on Thursday after a pause for Ramadan, beheading one of its citizens convicted of a double murder. More »

  • How a Victory for the Death Penalty May Hasten Its End Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    On June 29, 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively struck down the death penalty in Furman v. Georgia. Had the Court ruled in favor of three death-row inmates in Glossip, which challenged Oklahoma’s lethal-injection protocol, it would have been a historic shift: Never before has the Supreme Court struck down a state’s chosen method of execution as unconstitutional. “Because capital punishment is constitutional, there must be a constitutional means of carrying it out,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for a 5-4 majority, ruling that the condemned inmates failed to prove that the drug carried a “substantial risk of harm.” In the principal dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected Alito’s logic entirely. More »

  • Tunisia parliament backs death penalty for 'terror crimes'
    Tunisia parliament backs death penalty for 'terror crimes' Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Tunisia's parliament approved Thursday imposition of the death penalty for "terrorist" crimes, despite opposition from rights groups and a de facto quarter-century moratorium on executions. More »

  • Qualcomm unveils cuts in jobs, spending
    Qualcomm unveils cuts in jobs, spending Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Chief executive Steve Mollenkopf, pictured on August 7, 2013, said the company is "making fundamental changes to position Qualcomm for improved execution, financial and operating performance"... More »

  • Life or death for Colorado movie gunman? Trial enters new phase
    Life or death for Colorado movie gunman? Trial enters new phase Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Jurors deciding whether Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes should be executed began the punishment phase of his trial on Wednesday, considering aggravating factors including his murder of a six-year-old girl. "She had four separate gunshot wounds to her little body," prosecutor Rich Orman told the jury, referring to Veronica Moser-Sullivan, the youngest victim of the 12 Holmes killed. For Holmes to be put to death for the attack in the Denver suburb of Aurora, jurors must vote unanimously for execution. More »

  • Closing arguments to resume in Seattle death penalty trial Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — Closing arguments are set to resume in the death penalty trial of a man convicted of killing a Seattle police officer in 2009. More »

  • Pakistani Christian woman's death sentence stayed
    Pakistani Christian woman's death sentence stayed Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Top court temporarily suspends execution of Asia Bibi accused of blasphemy, her lawyer says. More »

  • 'Videogame' violence shows children get little aid in war zones Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A fictional video of a young girl being shot by militants and watching the execution of her father before collapsing in shock aims to raise awareness of the small proportion of humanitarian funding spent on protecting children in war zones. The video "Duty of Care", made in the style of a first-person shooter videogame and taking the viewer around a Middle East conflict zone through the eyes of nine-year-old Nima, was launched on Wednesday by the charity War Child as part of its HELP campaign. While children account for more than half the population in war zones, less than three percent of humanitarian funding is spent on their protection, according to the charity, which helps children affected by conflicts and war around the world. More »

  • A look at Colorado's record on the death penalty
    A look at Colorado's record on the death penalty Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes will be sentenced to either death or life in prison without parole after the penalty phase of his trial, which starts Wednesday. Either way, Holmes can expect to spend decades in prison. Here's a look at Colorado's record on the death penalty: More »

  • Theater shooter may not be executed even if sentenced to die
    Theater shooter may not be executed even if sentenced to die Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — The time has come for jurors to hear whether James Holmes should be executed for killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater. But even if they choose death, Holmes could spend the rest of his life in prison awaiting capital punishment that never happens. More »

  • Mumbai bomb plotter on death row loses final appeal
    Mumbai bomb plotter on death row loses final appeal Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    India's top court on Tuesday rejected a final appeal by Yakub Memon, a key plotter of bomb attacks that killed hundreds in Mumbai in 1993, paving the way for his execution. More »

  • India's top court rejects appeal of 1993 Bombay blasts convict Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    India's Supreme Court threw out on Tuesday a last-minute appeal by Yakub Memon, the only person to be condemned to death for a series of bombings in Mumbai in 1993, clearing the way for his execution after two decades in jail. The blasts in March 1993 ripped through Mumbai, then known as Bombay, killing at least 257 people at separate landmarks, including the Bombay Stock Exchange, a popular cinema and two crowded markets. Police consider Memon's brother "Tiger" Memon and mafia don Dawood Ibrahim to be the main masterminds behind the attack, carried out to avenge the destruction of an ancient mosque by Hindu zealots in 1992. More »

  • Death penalty sought in death of child pushed off bridge Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors say they plan to seek capital punishment for a young mother accused of killing her 20-month-old son by pushing him off a bridge into a river even as defense attorneys prepare for a possible mental health defense. More »

  • Clarke hails perfect team performance Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    By Ed Osmond LONDON (Reuters) - Australia captain Michael Clarke said he could not have asked for a better performance from his team following their 405-run mauling of England in the second Ashes test at Lord's on Sunday. "The intent from our batsmen through the second innings was great and the execution from the bowlers was spot on," he said at the presentation ceremony." Australia surprisingly lost the first test in Cardiff by 169 runs but stormed back to level the five-test series at 1-1. "We didn't really talk too much about Cardiff," Clarke said. More »

  • Australia executed perfect game plan, says Johnson Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    By Ed Osmond LONDON (Reuters) - Australia have hit back hard following their surprise defeat in the first Ashes test in Cardiff, fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said on Friday after his team took complete control of the second match at Lord's. They piled up 566 for eight declared before reducing England to 85 for four on the second day and are in a commanding position to level the series at 1-1. "We came here, won the toss and were able to put the runs on the board and put England under pressure straightaway," Johnson, who claimed two wickets, told Sky Sports. "We knew the wicket would have a bit more bounce than Cardiff. More »

  • Jury finds Colorado theater shooter James Holmes guilty of murder, eligible … Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jury finds Colorado theater shooter James Holmes guilty of murder, eligible for death penalty. More »

  • Auschwitz accountant sentenced for role in Nazi death camp machinery Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    A 94-year-old former guard at the Auschwitz execution camp has been convicted of 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. Oskar Groening was sentenced to four years in prison, six months longer than the penalty prosecutors were seeking. Mr. Groening's defense team had moved for him to be acquitted, arguing that he had done nothing wrong in terms of the law. More »

  • US state carries out first execution since Supreme Court ruling
    US state carries out first execution since Supreme Court ruling Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    The US state of Missouri executed a death row inmate, the first execution since the country's Supreme Court backed the use of a contested lethal injection drug. More »

  • The Latest: Missouri executes man for killing 19-year-old
    The Latest: Missouri executes man for killing 19-year-old Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Here are the latest developments involving the execution Tuesday of Missouri inmate David Zink (all times CDT): More »

  • Utah death row inmate says firing squad is unconstitutional Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death row inmate appealing his sentence of death by firing squad says the execution method is cruel and unusual punishment. Utah recently approved the use of a firing squad as a backup if lethal injection drugs are not available. More »

  • New Thai anti-graft law extends death penalty to foreigners Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand has enacted a new anti-corruption law that extends a maximum penalty of capital punishment to foreigners. More »

  • Missouri inmate presses federal appeals to halt execution
    Missouri inmate presses federal appeals to halt execution Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri inmate who killed a 19-year-old woman in 2001 after sexually assaulting her and tying her to a cemetery tree pressed appeals with two federal courts Monday, a day before his scheduled execution by lethal injection. More »

  • The Latest on Missouri execution: State court denies appeal Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The latest developments involving the execution scheduled for Tuesday of inmate David Zink, convicted of the 2001 killing of 19-year-old Amanda Morton: More »

  • UAE woman executed for killing American teacher Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    The United Arab Emirates executed a UAE woman on Monday who had been convicted of killing an American kindergarten teacher and trying to bomb an American-Egyptian doctor in militant-inspired attacks, the state news agency WAM reported. Ala'a Badr Abdullah al-Hashemi, 31, had also been found guilty of setting up a social media account to spread militant ideology with the aim of undermining the government, and of giving money to militant organisations for attacks, WAM said. The report did not disclose how Hashemi was executed but Gulf News, quoting security officials, said she was shot by firing squad. More »

  • UAE executes woman convicted of US teacher's murder
    UAE executes woman convicted of US teacher's murder Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    The United Arab Emirates carried out a rare execution Monday, putting to death by firing squad an Emirati woman convicted of the jihadist-inspired murder of a US school teacher, media reported. More »