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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…

Timeline of executions in UAE

 Abu Dhabi Central Prison

November 23, 2017

Jordanian convict Nidal Eisa Abdullah, 48, who kidnapped, raped and killed eight-year-old boy Obaida in May 2016, was executed on November 23, 2017.

July 13, 2015

An Emirati woman executed by the firing squad in Abu Dhabi after being convicted of killing an American kindergarten teacher, Ibolya Ryan, in Boutik Mall on Al Reem Island.

January 21, 2014

A Sri Lankan executed by the firing squad in Sharjah after he was found guilty of murdering an Emirati businessman by mowing him down with his car.

December 06, 2012

A Sri Lankan executed by firing squad in Abu Dhabi after being convicted of murder of an Emirati engineer in Al Ain in 2002.

February 10, 2011

Emirati sailor Rashid Al Rashidi executed by a firing squad on charges of raping and murdering four-year-old Mousa, who had come to be known as “Eid child”, in the washroom of a mosque in Al Ghusais.

February 23, 2008

An Emirati man executed on charges of a double murder in the Shamal area of Ras Al Khaimah.


October 30, 2000

Khalifa Khalfan Al Qaizi, 62, an Emirati, convicted of killing Lt Mohammad Al Tunaiji, while he was chasing him in Al Dhaid for stealing a car, executed in Sharjah.

December 23, 1997

Egyptian woman Zainab Ramadan Zaki executed by firing squad in Ras Al Khaimah after she was found guilty of murdering her husband, a national.

July 18, 1997

Three Indians executed in Dubai for murdering two people in Naif area.

October 15, 1996

Emirati Khalid Al Moussagy executed by firing squad in Dubai for abduction, rape and murder of a seven-year-old child.

April 13, 1995

A Sri Lankan maid executed after she was convicted of premeditated murder of a four-year-old Emirati girl in Ras Al Khaimah.

May 29, 1995

An Emirati man executed by the firing squad in Sharjah for premeditated murder.

May 29, 1995

A Somali expatriate executed by the firing squad in Sharjah for murdering a compatriot and stealing his money.


September 26, 1994

Three convicted murderers and a rapist executed by firing squad at Sharjah Central Prison. Ishaq Hussain Juma, Mohammad Moussa Taher and Ebrahim Mohammad Abbas, all stateless, sentenced to death for killing three exchange house workers in October 1992 in Al Dhaid desert. Anwar Mohammad Sulaiman Al Moumari, 29, an Emirati, sentenced to death in December 1993 for raping a 13-year-old schoolgirl.

September 13, 1994

Pakistani Qismat Allah Haji Fadhel Mannan executed at the Central Prison in Wathba for murdering a compatriot.

Source: Gulf News, November 23, 2017


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