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…

Women drug mules arrested by Indonesian authorities

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KUALA LUMPUR: Despite the risk of facing a death penalty, women are still willing to be a mule to smuggle drugs into Indonesia to earn easy money.

In the latest case, a 21-year-old Malaysian woman was arrested by the Indonesian authorities after she was found smuggling methamphetamine into the republic.

The woman was detained by the authorities on Thursday at Jalan Tien Soeharto, Nunukan regency in North Kalimantan.

A source said she was arrested at about 8pm when police received tip-off on her suspicious activities.

“Police found methamphetamine and tool to consume the drugs on the woman who hails from Tawau, Sabah.”

In a separate case, a 25-year-old woman was nabbed after being suspected of trafficking methamphetamine.

“The Indonesian woman flew from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and was immediately arrested when she touched down at Bandung Husein Sastranegara International Airport.

“She attempted to bring in the drugs by strapping the substance onto her thighs.

“During interrogation, she claimed that her African friend, whom she met in Kuala Lumpur, had paid her to transport the 665g of methamphetamine,” the source said.

Meanwhile, Federal police Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department deputy director Datuk Kang Chez Chiang said money remained the main factor why women were willing to become drug mules.

“All drug mules are paid upon delivery of the drugs to the receiver (syndicate). All transportation and accommodation are taken care of with pocket money given to the drug mules.

“Other factors are paying off debts or financial problems. There are also some women who are willing to do it for the love of their boyfriend or husband who are mostly foreigners,” he said.

Under Indonesian strict drug laws, the maximum punishment for importing more than five grammes of illegal narcotics into the country is death penalty.

It is learnt that a kilogramme of methamphetamine worth between RM80,000 and RM100,000 in Malaysia, is valued at three times higher the prices in Indonesia.

Source: New Straits Times, May 13, 2018

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