Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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…

10 Indian convicts get Ramadan pardon, saved from death penalty in UAE

Dubai courts
They will return home next week - three years ahead of their actual release date

Ten Indians, whose death sentence was commuted in 2017, will now return home next week - three years ahead of their actual release date - thanks to a Ramadan pardon they have received. 

The convicts were on death row in Al Ain for the murder of a Pakistani national Mohamed Farahan Mohamed Riyad. However, they were saved after an Indian expat paid blood money of Dh200,000 to the victim's kin in 2017.

And now, following the Ramadan pardon, the convicts - who were to serve three years in jail till 2020 - will walk home next week.

Last year, Indian expat SPS Oberoi, chairman of NGO Sarbat da Bhala, had paid the blood money to secure the release of the 10 Indians, all from Punjab. 

The convicts are: Satminder Singh, Chander Shekhar, Chamkor Singh, Kalwinder Singh, Balwinder Singh, Dharamivir Singh, Harijinder Singh, Tarsem Singh, Gurupreet Singh and Jagit Singh.

Oberoi told Khaleej Times that on Monday, the Al Ain court completed procedures to release the six convicts and the clearance papers of the remaining four will be done by next week. He added the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is preparing temporary passports and tickets to facilitate their travel to India after completion of the legal procedures.

The accused had killed the Pakistani national on July 12, 2015, during a group clash over bootlegging. The Al Ain Police arrested the accused on October 26, 2016.

The Al Ain court had convicted and awarded death sentence to all of them on December 7, 2016. The case was referred to Al Ain Court of Appeal on December 21, 2016. It was then that Oberoi moved a petition before the court requesting it to give him an opportunity to negotiate with the family of the victim by offering them blood money. Oberoi assigned the case to a lawyer, while sending his team to persuade the victim's family in Pakistan to pardon the accused.

Oberoi submitted the copy of the agreement on February 2, 2017. One of the victim's kin appeared before the court on March 22, 2017, and stated that the family was willing to pardon the 10 young Indians. The court accepted it.

Source: Khaleej Times, May 30, 2018

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