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Trump’s Killing Spree: The Inside Story of His Race to Execute Every Prisoner He Could

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Before 2020, there had been three federal executions in 60 years. Then Trump put 13 people to death in six months IN THE FINAL moments of Brandon Bernard’s life, before he was executed by lethal injection at a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Dec. 10, 2020, President Donald Trump picked up the phone to entertain a final plea for mercy on Bernard’s behalf. The call was not with Bernard’s family or his attorneys. Nor was it with representatives from the Justice Department’s Pardon Attorney office, who had recommended just days earlier that Trump spare Bernard’s life.

Iran's supreme leader issues pardon for 'tens of thousands' of prisoners; 'spies', protesters held over capital charge not pardoned

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DUBAI, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader has pardoned "tens of thousands" of prisoners including some arrested in recent anti-government protests, state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, after a deadly state crackdown helped quell the nationwide unrest. However, the pardon approved by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei came with conditions, according to details announced in state media reports, which said the measure would not apply to any of the numerous dual nationals held in Iran.

Pakistan | Blasphemy death row convict awaits trial with no lawyer willing to represent him

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No lawyer willing to represent Anwar Kenneth held by police since June 2001 After the recusal of 5 state lawyers, the Supreme Court has asked the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) to provide a counsel to represent a convict, who is on death row for the last 2 decades in a blasphemy case. The convict, Anwar Kenneth, a former official of the fisheries department, was accused of distributing a pamphlet containing blasphemous material. It has been reported that he was arrested by Lahore’s Gawalmandi police on June 15, 2001, while distributing a pamphlet.

Pakistan gets 340 suggestions to improve human rights situation

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Pakistan has received 340 recommendations from UN member states on its 4th periodic report on the human rights situation in the country, and the government will examine these recommendations and report back to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in its forthcoming meeting. A draft report prepared on Wednesday by the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, available with Dawn, stated: “All conclusions and/or recommendations contained in the present report reflect the position of the submitting state(s) and/or the state under review. They should not be construed as endorsed by the Working Group as a whole.”

Iran | Execution of 21 Prisoners in 9 Days, at Least 70 Executions in January

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On Wednesday, February 1, the regime executed Mehdi Rasi in Gohardasht prison, on Tuesday, January 31, executed Ali Allahverdi and Farhang Zakai in Adel Abad prison of Shiraz, and Hassan Javanrudian in Karaj prison and another in Tabriz prison. On Monday, January 30, 4 Baluch prisoners named Rasul Safarzaei, Abidullah Safarzaei, Habib Sarani and Behzadi were hanged in Kerman prison and a prisoner named Ismail Kachlanlu in Mako prison. On Thursday, January 26, 2 brothers named Reza and Omid Shokri along with another prisoner were hanged in Karaj Central Prison. 

Singapore | A man can be sentenced to death by a testimony of another, but CPIB finds it hard to prosecute with mountain of evidence and self-confession?

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On 7 July last year, 48-year-old Norasharee bin Gous was executed in Changi Prison after being accused by a rival gang member, Mohamad Yazid bin Md Yusof of instructing him to traffic drugs in 2013. Yazid was arrested along with another Malaysian by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on 24 October 2013, having found in possession of bundles which contained not less than 120.90g of diamorphine. While in detention, Yazid accused Norasharee of having instructed him to collect the drugs from a Malaysian courier the following day after having met on 23 October 2013 at VivoCity.

Missouri has a history of death penalty injustice. Stop Leonard Taylor’s execution | Opinion

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Leonard “Raheem” Taylor was convicted for the 2004 murders of Angela Rowe and her three children in Jennings, Missouri. Throughout the trial and appeals, he has maintained his innocence . Court documents show that the murders occurred after Leonard left Angela’s home, where he last saw her and her children alive, and headed to the airport to visit his daughter in California.  Then there is the false statement made by his brother, who says police coerced him, threatened him and his mother, beat him and told him to tell them Leonard had confessed to the crime — a statement that he recanted immediately and repeatedly since then. 

Iran | Executions in Karaj, Shiraz

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Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); February 1, 2023: An unnamed man who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Rajai Shahr Prison. According to Rokna, at least one man was executed in Rajai Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison on February 1.  The unnamed man was sentenced to three qisas sentences for the murder of three people in an orchard in Varamin in 2020.

Iran | Executions in Maku, Karaj

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Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 31, 2023: Esmail Kachalanlu, a man sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Maku Prison, West Azerbaijan province. According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Maku Prison on January 30. His identity has been established as Esmail Kachalanlu from Urmia who was sentenced to qisas for murder. An informed source told Iran Human Rights: “Esmail Kachalanlu was arrested for murder charges around three years ago and sentenced to death.”

Iran | Four Men Including Brothers Executed for Drug Charges in Kerman

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Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 31, 2023: Four men including two brothers sentenced to death for drug-related charges, were executed in Kerman Central Prison.  According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, four men were executed in Kerman Central Prison on January 30.  Their identities have been established as Rasoul Safarzayi and Abidollah Safarzayi, Habibollah Sarani and Mr Behzadi (first name unknown).  They were all sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.

Texas Executes Wesley Ruiz

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Wesley Ruiz, 43, who shot and killed Dallas police officer Mark Nix in 2007, has been executed in Texas as a battle continues to rage in the state about the ability to use out of date drugs for lethal injections Ruiz, 43, was sentenced to death nearly 15 years ago for the 2007 shooting of Dallas police Senior Cpl. Mark Nix following a high-speed car chase.  The chase began while police were searching for a murder suspect, according to court documents. Ruiz’s car eventually slid off the side of the road, and Nix rushed over and began smashing the passenger side window with his police baton. Ruiz fatally shot him in the chest through the back passenger window, court filings state.  "I would like to apologize to Mark and the Nix family. I hope this brings you closure. I want to say to all my family and friends around the world thank you for supporting me. To my kids, stand tall and continue to make me proud, don’t worry about me I’m going to be OK," Ruiz said in his final statem

Saudi Arabia and the death penalty: Everything you need to know about the rise in executions under Mohammed bin Salman

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The rate of executions in Saudi Arabia has almost doubled since King Salman and his son Mohammed bin Salman came to power in 2015, as revealed in a new report by Reprieve and ESOHR . Read on to find out how the death penalty is used in Saudi Arabia and how it has drastically increased under Mohammed bin Salman. Does Saudi Arabia have the death penalty? Saudi Arabia is known to be one of the world’s most deadly executioners. Between 2010-2021, at least 1,243 people were executed. In 2022, at least 147 people were executed.

Texas | Man who fatally shot Dallas officer in 2007 faces execution

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A man convicted of fatally shooting a Dallas police officer nearly 16 years ago is facing execution HOUSTON (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting a Dallas police officer nearly 16 years ago faces execution on Wednesday. Wesley Ruiz, 43, is set to receive a lethal injection for the March 2007 killing of Dallas Police Senior Corporal Mark Nix. Ruiz had led officers on a high-speed chase after being spotted driving a car that matched the description of one used by a murder suspect. Authorities said Nix tried to break the vehicle’s passenger window after the chase ended and that Ruiz fired one shot. The bullet hit Nix’s badge, splintered it and sent fragments that severed an artery in his neck. Nix later died in a hospital.

Saudi death penalty use has almost doubled under rule of Mohammed bin Salman: Report

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An average of 129 executions have been carried out annually since 2015. LONDON -- The use of the death penalty under the rule of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his father, King Salman, has almost doubled annually since they rose to power, according to a new report seen by ABC News.

Joe Biden Could Be About To Break Key Election Promise

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President Joe Biden campaigned on a pledge to work toward abolishing the death penalty, but advocates say he is far from making good on that promise. While running for president, Biden's campaign website said he would "work to pass legislation to eliminate the death penalty at the federal level, and incentivize states to follow the federal government's example." Those convicted of the most egregious crimes "should instead serve life sentences without probation or parole," it added.

India | In 2022, 165 death penalties handed out by trial courts, highest since 2000

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As on December 31, 2022 there were 539 prisoners on the death row, making it the highest-ever number since 2016 when only 400 prisoners were facing the death sentence In 2022, Sessions Courts in India imposed 165 death sentence penalties, which is the highest number in a single year in two decades, according to a report. However, this rise in figure can be attributed to the “extraordinary sentencing of 38 persons to death in Ahmedabad in a single bomb blast case, representing the largest number of persons sentenced to death in a single case since 2016,” the report said.

Niger’s leader announces plans to criminalise homosexuality

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Mohamed Bazoum, the President of Niger, has reportedly announced plans to make homosexuality illegal in the African nation. News website 76 Crimes , which tracks developments in countries where homosexuality in illegal, reported the President recently made the announcement during a radio interview. Currently homosexuality is not illegal in the country, but the nation is preparing to remove the colonial era French laws and bring in an entirely new penal code.

Texas Admits Execution Drug Is Expired, Doesn’t Really Care

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District Judge Catherine Mauzy tried to keep Texas from killing Robert Fratta. At a Jan. 10 hearing on the afternoon of Fratta's scheduled execution, Mauzy agreed with attorney Shawn Nolan that the pentobarbital used by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to execute death row inmates was likely expired, meaning that the state's mere possession of the drug, much less its use, is illegal.  She also ruled that TDCJ hadn't denied Nolan's contention that the drug could cause "torture, ill treatment, or unnecessary pain." The judge issued a temporary injunction forbidding officials from using their expired pentobarbital on any inmate.

Iraq sentences 14 to death over Camp Speicher massacre

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Iraq's judiciary has sentenced 14 people to death over the 2014 Camp Speicher massacre. Baghdad's Central Criminal Court issued the verdict on Thursday under Iraq's antiterrorism law. More than 1,700 unarmed air force recruits, mainly Shiite, were killed in the massacre as ISIS swept across Iraq. The killings were one of the worst attacks by the terrorist group and became a symbol of its brutality. Dozens have already been sentenced to death for taking part in the attack at the former US base, near the city of Tikrit.

Indonesia | Brazilian teenager arrested for bringing 3.6 kg cocaine into Bali

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A Brazilian teenager has been arrested in Bali for attempting to bring 3.6 kg of cocaine into the island. Manuela Vitoria De Araujo Farias, 19, could now face the death penalty. Farias was arrested upon her arrival at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on Jan. 1 at around 3 a.m.

Iran | Four Men Including Brothers Executed for Drug Charges in Karaj

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Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 27, 2023: Four men including two brothers sentenced to death for drug-related charges, were executed in Karaj Penitentiary. According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, four men were executed in Karaj Penitentiary on January 26.  Their identities have been established as Reza Shokri, Omid Shokri, Majid Shah Mohammadiand Borjali Karami.  They were all sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court. At the time of writing, none of their executions have been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

Iran | 3 Executed in Arak, Man hanged in Khalkhal, Execution in Qazvin

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Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 26, 2023: Three men sentenced to death for drug-related charges, were executed in Arak Central Prison. According to HRANA news agency, three men were executed in Arak Central Prison on January 24. Two of the men’s identities have been reported as Omid Azani and Behnam (surname unknown) who were sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court. The third man’s identity is unknown.

Texas death row inmates sue over solitary confinement

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HOUSTON — A group of death row inmates filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the Texas prison system over its policy of mandatory and indefinite solitary confinement for all prisoners who are awaiting execution, saying it causes severe physical and psychological harm. The suit alleges that the policy severely restricts their access to human interaction, medical care and legal representation as they are confined to their 8-by-12-foot (2.4-by-3.7-meter) cells for all but two hours a day. “The conditions on death row in Texas have been characterized as some of the most brutal death row conditions in the country. The plaintiffs in this case are seeking relief from conditions that have been described as torture,” said Pieter Van Tol, one of the attorneys for the inmates.

As Biden sends mixed signals on death penalty, Alfonso Rodriguez's fate unclear

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After a judge tossed the death sentence of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., his lawyer asked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to withdraw authorization for prosecutors to keep seeking the death penalty. FARGO — A lawyer for convicted killer Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., who was sentenced to death in 2007, has voiced optimism that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland will nix the death penalty option in the case, given that Garland's done so in 21 out of 22 similar requests from defense attorneys.

Iran | 2 Executions in Salman, 3 in Arak

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Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 22, 2023: Kamel Doudkanlu and Seyed Farhad Hosseini, sentenced to death for drug-related and murder charges, were executed in Salman Prison, West Azerbaijan province. According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, two men were executed in Salman Prison on January 19. Their identities have been established as Kamel Doudkanlu and Seyed Farhad Hosseini.