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In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

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To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write.
It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.
Kitzhaber was exhausted, having been unable to sleep the night before, but he needed to call the families of Haugen's victims.
"I know my decision will delay the closure they need and deserve," he wrote.
The son of University of Oregon English professors, Kitzhaber began writing each day in his journal in the early 1970s. The practice helped him organize his thoughts and, on that particular morning, gather his courage.
Kitzhaber first dialed the widow of David Polin, an inmate Haugen beat and stabbed to death in 2003 while already serving a life sentence fo…

No pardon for drug traffickers in Indonesia: Ambassador

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The Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Harry Purwanto, on Saturday ruled out any clemency for anyone caught carrying narcotic drugs in his country.

He said that his home government would not grant pardon to anyone involved in drug trafficking in Indonesia.

Purwanto disclosed this in Lagos while reacting to a report that 2 Nigerians were on death row in Indonesia for drug-related offences.

The envoy said that capital punishment would be meted to Nigerians who engaged in narcotic crimes, as well as to other foreigners and Indonesians engaging in the criminal acts.

"Let me say that Indonesia, currently, has very strict punishment measures for anyone engaged or that is planning to engage in drug trafficking.

"Let me also say that between 72 and 75 young Indonesians that were involved in narcotic crimes are currently in detention.

"My president, President Joko Widodo, is really committed to fighting drug trafficking, and has continued to maintain a firm stance against anyone arrested for involving in narcotic crime.

"So, there will be no clemency for anyone, be they Indonesians or other foreigners, arrested for drug-related offences," he said.

According to him, Indonesia will always resort to capital punishment after it has thoroughly investigated and exhausted the necessary legal processes.

Harry, however, said that his government would, sometime, only give consideration to arrested pregnant women, teenagers and mentally-deranged offenders.

The ambassador appealed to Nigerians to desist from visiting Indonesia for drug related-offences or allowed themselves to be used for drug trafficking.

Harry said that the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Indonesia would be stronger, if people of both countries obey the laws of their host countries.

Source: pmnewsnigeria.com, May 15, 2016

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