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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…

Saudi Arabia national executed over armed robberies

Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Saudi Arabia has executed a Saudi man over armed attacks on banks in the Red Sea city of Jeddah 16 years ago.

The interior ministry said that Jameel Bin Mohammad Al Aseeri had 3 accomplices, 2 Saudi nationals and 1 foreigner, during the attacks.

The 4 gangsters covered their faces and stormed Al Rajhi Bank, fired in the air to scare the customers and staff. They dragged the manager out of his office and forced him and the tellers to give them the cash they had.

According to the case documents, they left the bank with SR85,000 (Dh82,243) and $4,000 (Dh14,690).

In the 2nd attack, they raided another bank, fired in the air and made away with SR190,000, Saudi daily Okaz reported on Monday.

In his confession, the ring leader said he had provided his accomplices with guns after they agreed to storm the 1st bank.

He said he was the one who fired bullets to scare the staff and the customers and that his accomplices took the money from the tellers.

Police said the main suspect had criminal precedents, unlike his accomplices.

The 1st court to review their cases sentenced all 4 defendants to death, but the verdict was challenged and another court decided the death sentence for the ring leader and 25 years in prison for the others.

However, the verdict was appealed a 2nd time and the court ruled 25 years for the ring leader and 20 for the accomplices.

The case was taken to the high court and the judges ruled the death penalty for the leader and 25 years for the others.

Al Aseeri was executed on Sunday after all legal avenues were exhausted.

Source: Gulf News, May 14, 2018


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