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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

Thailand: Spanish national loses appeal against death sentence

Artur Segarra Princep
BANGKOK: The Appeal Court today upheld the death sentence for a Spanish man convicted of murdering and dismembering the body of a fellow Spaniard two years ago.

Artur Segarra Princep, 38, was given the death penalty by the Criminal Court last year.

He was convicted of the premeditated murder of David Bernat, 41, kidnapping, body concealment, torture and theft. He had entered pleas of not guilty.

Segarra, 38, was taken to the courthouse from Bang Kwang Central Prison today today (July 13) to hear the Appeal Court's ruling. 

The judges upheld the judgement of the Criminal Court.

The court was told that between Jan 20 and Jan 26, 2016, Segarra forcibly kept his business friend Mr Bernat in a room at PG Condominium Rama IX in Huay Kwang district and tortured him into transferring B10 million into Segarra's bank account. Segarra withdrew about B700,000 in cash before killing him in the room.

The victim’s body was frozen before Segarra dismembered the corpse and dropped the bagged pieces in the Chao Phraya River. 

He fled Thailand to Cambodia, where he was arrested in Sihanoukville on Feb 7, 2016. 

Cambodian authorities handed him over to Thai police a day later.

The case drew huge media and public attention.

Even after his conviction, Segarra has consistently denied the charges through lawyers and friends.

Source: The Phuket News, July 13, 2018


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