FEATURED POST

Trump’s Killing Spree: The Inside Story of His Race to Execute Every Prisoner He Could

Image
Before 2020, there had been three federal executions in 60 years. Then Trump put 13 people to death in six months IN THE FINAL moments of Brandon Bernard’s life, before he was executed by lethal injection at a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Dec. 10, 2020, President Donald Trump picked up the phone to entertain a final plea for mercy on Bernard’s behalf. The call was not with Bernard’s family or his attorneys. Nor was it with representatives from the Justice Department’s Pardon Attorney office, who had recommended just days earlier that Trump spare Bernard’s life.

Malawi scraps ‘unconstitutional’ death penalty

Malawi’s highest court on Wednesday outlawed the death penalty and ordered the re-sentencing of all convicts facing execution.

Capital punishment has long been mandatory in Malawi for prisoners convicted of murder or treason, and optional for rape.

Violent robberies, house break-ins and burglaries could also be punishable by death or life imprisonment.

Executions have however not been carried out since Malawi’s first democratically elected president, Bakili Muluzi, opposed the punishment when he took office in 1994.

In a landmark ruling on Wednesday, Supreme Court judges hearing an appeal by a murder convict declared the death penalty “unconstitutional”, de facto abolishing the punishment.

“The death penalty… is tainted by the unconstitutionality discussed,” the judgment said.

Malawi last executed around two dozen prisoners in 1992, according to Amnesty International.

More than 30 countries in Africa still have the death penalty on their books, but just under half have carried out executions in recent years.

Source: Xinhua, Staff, April 29, 2021


🚩 | Report an error, an omission, a typo; suggest a story or a new angle to an existing story; submit a piece, a comment; recommend a resource; contact the webmaster, contact us: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com.


Opposed to Capital Punishment? Help us keep this blog up and running! DONATE!



"One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed,
but by the punishments that the good have inflicted." -- Oscar Wilde

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

Trump’s Killing Spree: The Inside Story of His Race to Execute Every Prisoner He Could

Texas Executes Wesley Ruiz

Saudi Arabia and the death penalty: Everything you need to know about the rise in executions under Mohammed bin Salman

Texas | Man who fatally shot Dallas officer in 2007 faces execution

Pakistan | Blasphemy death row convict awaits trial with no lawyer willing to represent him

Iran | Execution of 21 Prisoners in 9 Days, at Least 70 Executions in January

Singapore | A man can be sentenced to death by a testimony of another, but CPIB finds it hard to prosecute with mountain of evidence and self-confession?

Iran | Four Men Including Brothers Executed for Drug Charges in Kerman

Pakistan gets 340 suggestions to improve human rights situation