Abolition of the Death Penalty: A Tough Road ahead for India

The movement against the death penalty in present-day India faces a tremendous challenge in terms of extensive public clamour for swift executions, removal of appeals, and even support for summary executions. 
With the imminent execution of the four convicts in the Delhi gang rape and murder case against the background of reactions to incidents in Hyderabad, Kathua and Unnao, harsher punishments are receiving tremendous public support, and politicians are only happy to oblige. The Supreme Court has issued administrative orders (1) to hear death sentence cases faster amidst misplaced concerns in the public that death row prisoners have too many loopholes in the law to exploit.
Framing the death penalty as a political–legal issue in India is not easy. Located within the wider spectrum of social and state violence in India, the exceptional nature of the cruelty of the death penalty is difficult to establish. 
The suffering inflicted by the death penalty is the constant and daily uncerta…

Tunisian court sentences eight to death over bombing that killed 12 presidential guards

Twenty other guards were injured in suicide bombing of their bus in Tunis in 2015 in attack claimed by Islamic State

A Tunisian court on Friday sentenced eight people to death over a suicide bombing that targeted a presidential security bus in the capital Tunis in November 2015.

The attack, claimed by Islamic State (IS), killed 12 presidential guards and injured another 20. 

Deputy public prosecutor Mohsen el Daly said the fifth chamber of the Tunis Court of First Instance - which specialises in terrorism crimes - handed down eight death sentences, one life imprisonment and one 10-year jail sentence.

The defendants were found guilty of "voluntary murder and belonging to terrorist groups," Daly said, adding that only four of the men were present during the trial. 

The rest were sentenced in absentia, he told the Tunisian news agency TAP. 

The court also issued a decision to compensate the families of those killed and injured in the attack.

Tunisia has not carried out capital punishment since the 1990s, but it retains the death penalty for terrorism-related crimes. 

In February, a Tunisian court sentenced seven individuals to life in prison over attacks at a museum and on a beach in 2015 that killed 60 people, many of them British tourists.

The two attacks were also claimed by IS.

Tunisia has maintained a state of emergency since the 2015 attacks, despite a relative improvement in the security situation. 

Source: middleeasteye.net, MEE and agencies, January 18, 2020

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