Will the U.S. Finally End the Death Penalty?

In the past, abolition efforts have faced a backlash—but Gavin Newsom’s moratorium may be different.
The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline. Public support for the death penalty has diminished. The practice is increasingly marginalized around the world. California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty. The year? 1972. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.
On Wednesday, again, California walked back its commitment to the death penalty. Though not full-fledged abolition, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on capital punishment lasting as long as his tenure in office, insisting that the California death penalty has been an “abject…

Qatar court sentences Nepali man to death for murdering Qatari national

June 4, 2018-A court in Qatar has sentenced death penalty to a Nepali man by a firing squad for murdering a Qatari national Umair Mohammed Umair Al Ramzani Al-Nauimi.

A joint bench of Primary Court (Criminal) presided by Judge Mustafa Al Bedahewi sentenced the capital punishment to Anil Chaudhary of Aurahi-1, Mahottari. 

Chaudhary was arrested on the first week of April, 2017 for his alleged involvement in the murder of a Qatari national.

Meanwhile, the Nepali Embassy in Qatar has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court of Qatar seeking to save the life of the convicted.

Prior to the incident, Chaudhary was working at a car ash company as a general labour. He is now being kept at the Central Jail.

Likewise, the Nepali Embassy in Qatar has sought 30,000 Riyal (around Rs 600,000) from the Nepal government as fees to defend Chaudhary at the Supreme Court. 

The Foreign Ministry has forwarded the request to Labour Ministry which has forward it to Foreign Employment Promotion Board where the matter is being discussed.

This is the 1st instance of a Nepali killing a local in Qatar. However, 10 Nepali migrant workers convicted of killing fellow Nepalis are serving their respective jail sentences at various prisons.

Source: Kathmandu Post, June 4, 2018

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