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Editorial: In a civilized society, not even the most vicious crimes justify a death sentence

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It is soul-bruising to contemplate the torture that 10-year-old Anthony Avalos endured in his Lancaster home for more than a week before dying last year. Whippings with a looped cord and belt. Repeatedly held upside down then dropped on his head. Getting slammed into pieces of furniture and against the floor. Hot sauce poured on his face and mouth.
The road map of the abuse stretched from head to toe on his small malnourished body — bruises, abrasions, scabs and cuts visible on the outside. Traumatic brain injury and soft tissue damage on the inside. All allegedly perpetrated by his mother, Heather Barron, and her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva.
RELATED | California: Prosecutors seeking death penalty in Anthony Avalos torture case
If ever a set of circumstances called for the death penalty, this would be it. Few were surprised when Los Angeles County prosecutors said Wednesday that if the couple is convicted of the torture-murder, the jury will be asked to recommend a death sentence.
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7 hanged in different jails across Pakistan

October 15, 2015: At least seven death-row inmates convicted of murder were executed in different jails.

Zaman alias Zamani was executed in Multan’s Central Jail. He was convicted of murdering former Punjab chief minister Ghulam Haider Wyne during an election rally in September 1993. Wyne was a Pakistan Muslim League (PML) leader who rose to the position of Punjab chief minister in 1990.

Meanwhile, two prisoners were hanged in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail. Muhammad Zareen was accused of killing two brothers in Ghora Gali area of Rawalpindi whereas Rab Nawaz was found guilty of murdering a man in Royal Artillery Bazaar in the garrison city.

Furthermore, two brothers – Ghulam Akbar and Hazoor Bakhsh – were executed in Dera Ghazi Khan's Central Jail for murdering two men over petty dispute in 1996.

Separately, murder convict Abdul Sami (Anwar Shamim) was hanged in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail. He was found guilty of killing a man over a petty dispute.

Meanwhile, death-row prisoner Muhammad Hassan, convicted of killing a woman and her son 15 years ago, was hanged in Bahawalpur’s New Central Jail.

Since the de facto ban on capital punishment ended on 17 December 2014, at least 263 people, including twenty-five convicted terrorists, have been executed in Pakistan. 

Sources: 92 News, pakistanpost.pk, abbtakk.tv, HOC, October 15, 2015

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