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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…

Death penalty for Sirul may be swapped with jail term, says Malaysia's PM

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the government might revoke the death sentence on Sirul Azhar Umar, who was convicted in the 2006 murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, in order to facilitate his extradition from Australia.

“Sirul cannot return to Malaysia because Australia won’t allow someone facing capital punishment to return home,” Mahathir told reporters at a press conference here today.

“We may revoke the death sentence, but replace it with a jail term,” he added.

Mahathir’s comments followed a report by The Guardian claiming that Australia had approved Malaysia’s request for Sirul to be sent back.

The report, which quoted sources, said the request was granted after Malaysia agreed to cover the costs, adding that Sirul was expected to leave Australia within a month.

However, Mahathir said the government had not yet officially asked Australia to extradite Sirul.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin meanwhile told news portal Malaysiakini on the sidelines of the press conference that he had no knowledge of the report.

Altantuya, 28, was killed and blown up with military grade explosives in a forest on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

Sirul, who was convicted of the murder in 2009, was sentenced to hang together with his accomplice, Azilah Hadri.

They were released when an appeals court overturned the conviction in 2013 after raising questions about how their trial was conducted.

However, the Federal Court upheld their death sentences in 2015. Sirul fled the country ahead of that judgment and has been held at an Australian immigration detention centre in Sydney for the past three years.

Source: FMT News, June 8, 2018


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