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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…

Pakistan army chief confirms death penalty of 12 hardcore terrorists

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Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday confirmed the death sentence to another 12 "hardcore terrorists," who were involved in heinous offenses related to attacking armed forces, law enforcement agencies, destruction of educational institution and killing of innocent civilians, the military said.

An army statement said the convicts were also involved in attacking 2 major prisons in the cities of Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in 2012 and 2013 respectively and had freed hundreds of militants.

These convicts were tried by special military courts and they all had admitted their offenses before the magistrates and the trial court.

The convicts have the right of appeal to the country's president under the law, according to the legal experts. However, the president has previously rejected all mercy petitions in terrorism-related cases.

It is the 2nd time in less than 2 weeks the army chief has confirmed the death penalty to the militants.

On July 2, the army chief had also confirmed death sentences to 12 hardcore terrorists.

The army courts were set up after the terrorist attack on an army school in December 2014 for the speedy trial of the terrorism-related accused. 

Nearly 150 people, almost all students, were killed in the attack.

Source:  xinhuanet.com, July 13, 2018


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