Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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…

German sentenced to 10 years prison for carrying drugs into Bali

Bali's notorious Kerobokan prison
A Bali court has sentenced a German man to 10 years prison for carrying drugs onto the Indonesian island.

Siegfried Karl Achim Ruckel heard his penalty before a panel of judges in Denpasar District Court on Thursday.

“The defendant is guilty of possessing and carrying drugs such as methamphetamine and heroin,” Judge Ni Made Purnami said, while reading out the decision.

“He is sentenced to imprisonment for ten years and a fine of IDR1 billion (US$69k). If he does not pay the fine, an additional time of seven months in prison,” Purnami said, as quoted by Okezone.

The decision is actually lightest than the prosecutor’s demands of 15 years, a IDR1 billion fine or an additional 10 months.

The 55-year-old was found carrying 7.09 grams of heroin and 2.57 grams of methamphetamine into Bali from Berlin on January 26, 2018.

Customs officers were suspicious of the German’s movements and carried out an in-depth examination of Ruckel and his mother, when they found heroin and meth.

The German was convicted under Article 113 Paragraph 2 of Indonesia’s Law no. 35 no. 2009 concerning narcotics.

A popular tourist destination, Bali is a choice destination for traffickers and recreational users. 

In July alone this year, three foreigners were arrested at the airport in separate cases over attempted drug smuggling.

Source: Coconut Bali, August 3, 2018

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