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Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Afghanistan executes 5 criminals involved in kidnapping, murder in Herat

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An Afghan official says authorities have executed 5 members of a criminal group behind several kidnappings and murders in the western province of Herat.

The convicts were executed at Pul-e-Charkhi prison in the capital, Kabul. 

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said Wednesday that Askar Anwari, a former member of the provincial council in Herat was among the 5 who were hanged.

Rahimi says the executions were carried out after 3 appeals courts and President Ashraf Ghani confirmed the death sentences of the 5. 

The group had been involved in the kidnapping and murder of a deputy head of a construction company, as well as other illegal activities.

In May 2016, Ghani approved the executions of 6 suspects convicted on terrorism charges.

Source: radio.gov.pk, December 2, 2017


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