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'Express lane to death': Texas seeks approval to speed up death penalty appeals, execute more quickly

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Texas is seeking to speed up executions with a renewed request to opt-in to a federal law that would shorten the legal process and limit appeals options for death-sentenced prisoners.
Defense attorneys worry it would lead to the execution of innocent people and - if it's applied retroactively, as Texas is requesting - it could potentially end ongoing appeals for a number of death row prisoners and make them eligible for execution dates.
"Opt-in would speed up the death penalty treadmill exponentially," said Kathryn Kase, an longtime defense attorney and former executive director of Texas Defender Services.
But a state attorney general spokeswoman framed the request to the Justice Department as a necessary way to avoid "stressful delays" and cut down on the "excessive costs" of lengthy federal court proceedings.
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Preparations for Next Round of Death Penalty on Track: Indonesia's AG

Cilacap: Preparations ahead of the third round of executions are on track.
Cilacap: Preparations ahead of the third round of executions are on track.
Jakarta. Preparations ahead of the third round of executions are on track with 14 death row inmates on the list, Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo said on Monday (09/05).

“Preparations [of execution] have been conducted and the legal base as well. We just need to choose the time,” Prasetyo told reporters.

The Attorney General's Office, however, is still keeping the dates of executions and the names of inmates secret, although it is believed the round will take place this year.

"We never said it would stop. The executions will be continued, but are yet to name the time," he said.

The third round was expected to take place early this year but was postponed due to budget issues within the AGO.

Unconfirmed reports have said 14 death-row inmates have been included in the list, including 10 foreigners.

While the list of inmates in this round of execution is still unclear, the AGO has collected the list of foreign death convicts.

As reported by Vivanews, they are Ozias Sibanda and Federik Luttar of Zimbabwe; Okonwo Nonso Kingsley, Humphrey Ejike, Ek Fere Dike Ole Kamala, Michael Titus Igweh, Eugene Ape, Obina Nwajagu, Stephen Rasheed, Ken Michael and Jhon Sebastian of Nigeria; Gurdip Singh of India; Zulfikar Ali of Pakistan; Kamjai Khong and Bunyong Khaosa of Thailand and Emmanuel Iherjika of Sierra Leone.

The list also includes Tham Tuck Yen, Lim Jit Wee, Leong Kim Ping, Tan Cho Hee, Lee Cee Heen, E Wee Hock and Kweh Teik Choon of Malaysia; Zhang Manquan, Chen Hongxin, Jian Yuxin, Gan Chunyi and Zhu Xuxiong of China; Nicolaas Garnick and Siegfried Mets of Holland; Frank Amando of United States; Gareth Done Cashmore and Lindsay June Sandiford of England; Akbar Chakan of Iran and Seck Osmone of Senegal.

Last year, most of the executed inmates were foreigners, prompting a wave of international condemnation of Indonesia's use of capital punishment as well as diplomatic pressure from many countries.

After the executions, Australia temporarily recalled its ambassador to Indonesia following the execution of Bali Nine duo Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

Source: Jakarta Globe, May 10, 2016

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