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…

Indonesian prosecutor seeks death for Taiwanese drug smugglers

Drug bust Indonesia
Jakarta, June 5 (CNA) An Indonesian prosecutor is to seek the death penalty for four Taiwanese nationals involved in a crystal methamphetamine smuggling case that took place in Indonesian waters in February, the Jakarta Post reported Tuesday.

The Taiwanese nationals, identified as Chen Chung-nan, Chen Chin-tun, Huang Ching-an and Hsie Lai-fu were officially handed over to prosecutors Monday, according to the report.

The chief prosecutor of the narcotics department, Dedi Siswadi, said the four are facing the death sentence, the report said.

The case unfolded as Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency and Navy captured the Taiwanese fishing boat Shun De Man No. 66 and its crew, including the four Taiwanese nationals, Feb. 7 in waters near Batam Island.

The vessel was carrying over one ton of crystal meth while flying a Singapore flag and sailing under the name of Sunrise Glory when it was captured.

Upon boarding the vessel, Indonesian authorities found the narcotics hidden 41 rice sacks.

In a similar case last year, Indonesia also handed down the death sentence to eight Taiwanese nationals who were found guilty of attempting to smuggle one ton of amphetamine into Indonesia in July 2017. 

Source: Focus Taiwan, June 5, 2018

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