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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…

Iraq executes Islamic State member who partook in Shingal massacre

Former IS militants tried in Iraqi courts.
An Iraqi Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced to death by hanging a member of the Islamic State (IS) who admitted to having taken part in the murder of Yezidis (Ezidis) in the Nineveh Province.

"The convicted man had confessed to the killing of many civilian men and women in the Sinjar (Shingal) district as well as fighting against the security and military forces in Mosul," the Iraqi Higher Judicial Council's spokesperson, Judge Abdul-Sattar Birqdar, said in a statement.

In IS' August 2014 invasion of the predominantly Ezidi-inhabited town of Shingal, over 15,000 people were killed or abducted, and nearly 50,000 displaced from their homes.

Though it has been years since IS' ouster, a severe lack of essential services, stability, and government efforts to revitalize the region have kept its population from returning to their homes.

"The 2nd body in the Nineveh Criminal Court sentenced to death" the IS member "who was known as al-Muhajir," Birqdar noted.

At the end of June, based upon the directive of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the government executed 12 convicted terrorists in response to IS' abduction, murder, mutilation, and later dumping of Iraqi self-described security forces.

A week before Baghdad's action, IS released a video showing the abducted security personnel and gave the government a 6-day deadline to release female prisoners affiliated with the organization.

Last month, Brigadier-General Yahya Rasool, a spokesperson for the Iraqi army's Joint Operations Command (JOC), said he had seen the IS video, released on June 23, and claimed authorities were working on finding the location of the hostages.

In the end, Baghdad's promised efforts failed as the bodies of the abductees were found on the road connecting Kirkuk to the capital.

According to Iraq's counterterrorism law, aiding or membership in the extremist group carries the penalty of life in prison or death.

"The court issued its decision to hang to death the accused under the provisions of Article 4/1 of [Iraq's] anti-terrorism law," spokesperson Birqdar concluded.

Source: kurdistan24.net, July 26, 2018


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