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2018 Death Penalty report: Saudi Arabia’s False Promise

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With crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, 2018 was a deeply violent and barbaric year for Saudi Arabia, under his de facto leadership.
PhotoDeera Square is a public space located in front of the Religious Police building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which public executions (usually by beheading) take place. It is sometimes known as Justice Square and colloquially called Chop Chop Square. After Friday prayers, police and other officials clear the area to make way for the execution to take place. After the beheading of the condemned, the head is stitched to the body which is wrapped up and taken away for the final rites.
This year execution rates of 149 executions, shows an increase from the previous year of three executions, indicating that death penalty trends are soaring and there is no reversal of this trend in sight.
The execution rates between 2015-2018 are amongst the highest recorded in the Kingdom since the 1990s and coincide with the ascension of king Salman to the t…

Bangladesh: 2 sent to gallows for drug trafficking; 4 to hang for raping girl

Sylhet Metropolitan Sessions Judge Mujibur Rahman Bhuiyan in Sylhet sentenced two people to death in a drug trafficking case. 

The convicts are: Hossain Ahmed Manik, 51, a resident of Razzakpur village, and Parvez Alam Sumon, 26, a resident of Tikorpara-Uttarbhag village in Bianibazar upazila. 

According to the prosecution, the foreign division of South Surma Post Office in Sylhet received a parcel containing 8.45 kilograms of heroin on March 9, 2014. 

The parcel came from Pakistan's Lahore. Addresses of four recipients written in the parcel were found fake. 

Later, police identified two men-- Manik and Parvez-- through tracing their mobile phone numbers and nabbed them. 

The convicts used to traffic heroin in the UK after bringing from Pakistan.

Four sentenced to death in absentia for raping girl in 2003


A court in Narayanganj today handed death penalty to four people for raping a ten-year-old girl in 2003. 

The four convicted rapists -- Sumon, Alamin, Abul and Shahadat -- all residents of Alirtek of Narayanganj Sadar upazila, are still at large. 

After 15 years of the incident, the culprits were punished for their crime today as Judge Juel Rana of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal awarded death penalty to them. 

On January 13, the girl went missing, after it was reported that the four culprits called the girl from her house, our Narayanganj correspondent reports quoting Rakib Uddin, public prosecutor of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal. 

The next day, her body was recovered from a field next to her house, the lawyer said adding that ever since the victim’s brother filed a case with Narayanganj Sadar Model Police Station, the culprits went into hiding. 

Sources:  observerbd.com, Star Online, June 11, 2018


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