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NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

Death penalty for child abduction in Egypt

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Egypt’s parliament approved, Monday, a legislative amendment to toughen penalties against child abduction to death by hanging.

The House of Representatives of Egypt said in a statement it had agreed to “amend a penal code that would impose the death penalty or life imprisonment of 25 years for abducting a child if the abduction was linked with an assault or rape.”

The amendment stipulates that “any child kidnapper who abducts without circumvention or coercion shall be punished by a term of not less than 10 years. If the abduction is accompanied by a ransom request, the penalty shall be imprisonment for a term of no less than 15 years and no more than 20 years.”

The amendment also specifies that “the perpetrator of the abduction crime shall be sentenced to death or life imprisonment if linked with the crime of assaulting the kidnapped or raping him/her.”

The statement quoted the head of the Legislative Committee of the Egyptian House of Representatives, Counselor Bahaa Abu Shoka, as saying that “kidnapping people is a dangerous crime for both humans and society, and affects humanity physically and psychologically as well as it deprives them of liberty.”

He added that “the link of this crime with other crimes is very serious, including murder, theft, and sexual assault. This stimulates the perpetrators’ criminal behaviour through kidnapping to achieve financial and personal gains.”

According to the current law, “Anyone who abducts a child under the age of 16, without circumvention or compulsion, by himself or by others, shall be sentenced to 3 to 10 years’ imprisonment and a crime perpetrator who abducts a female shall be sentenced to life imprisonment if linked with the crime of sexually assaulting the kidnapped.”

According to local media reports, over the past years, Egypt has witnessed a remarkable increase in the spread of the crime of abduction and mainly that of children.

Source: Middle East Monitor, January 9, 2018


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