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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 to hang 5 more 'Islamic State members'

The Central Criminal Court of Iraq on Tuesday sentenced to death by hanging 5 persons for membership to the Islamic State (IS).

The court "reviewed the cases of 5 individuals convicted of membership [to IS] who worked in several divisions of the organization," the Iraqi Higher Judicial Council's (IHJC) spokesperson, Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, said in a statement.

Over the past 2 years, Iraqi forces have arrested tens of thousands of people which include foreign nationals they claim are members or affiliates of the militant group. Most still await sentencing.

Despite concerns from the United Nations (UN), Iraqi courts repeatedly issue the death penalty for many IS members who have been arrested and detained under questionable conditions.

"The convicts partook in fighting against security and military forces in the provinces of Nineveh and Anbar and had carried out terrorist attacks," Birqdar added.

The IHJC regularly issues statements after they hand sentences to individuals who have been convicted and are awaiting the court's final verdict.

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

In the past year, Iraq has executed dozens of foreign and local IS members. 

A few months ago, Iraqi courts sentenced 212 people to death in Mosul and surrounding areas, most of them for membership to the extremist group.

International humanitarian organizations, including the UN, say efforts by Iraqi authorities to speed up the implementation of death sentences could lead to the execution of innocent people.

The death penalty in Iraq was suspended on June 10, 2003, but reinstated the following year.

Source: kurdistan24.net, August 8, 2018


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