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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…

Sri Lanka: List of drug traffickers with death penalty to be handed to President today; Judicial executioners sought

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The Ministry of justice says the list of convicted drug traffickers who were sentenced with capital punishment is ready to be produced before the President, today.

The list has been compiled by the Justice Ministry in accordance with an order issued by the President.

President, yesterday (11), stated that he would sign required orders to execute capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers who carry out large scale drug smuggling operations while in detention.

Reinstating of capital punishment was discussed at length at the Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday (10).

Meanwhile, Department of Prisons said that they will discuss with the ministry on implementing the death penalty, in the coming few days.

Commissioner General of Prisons Nishan Danasinghe says that there are many urgent measures that should be taken in order to implement the death penalty.

As the position of the executioner is currently vacated, the vacancy must be filled immediately, he pointed out.

Prison Department To Call Applications For Judicial Executioners


The government decided to call for applications to the post of Judicial Executioner, which has been vacant since 2015. 

The decision comes after cabinet approval was granted to allow capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers.

Prison Media Spokesperson, Thushara Upuldeniya said there are 2 vacancies in the post of Judicial Executioner.

Meanwhile, Upuldeniya noted that the equipment and the rope used to execute death penalty have already been imported and stored at the Prisons Department.

According to Upuldeniya, although measures were taken to recruit people to the post twice before, both previous applicants have left after the training period.

At present, there are 13 inmates sentenced to death, over drug offenses.

Sources: adaderana.lk, newsfirst.lk, July 12, 2018


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