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Death penalty sought for 24 Indian Hindus over massacre

AHMEDABAD: Indian prosecutors sought the death penalty on Monday for 24 Hindus convicted over a massacre during religious riots in 2002 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was chief minister of the state where it happened. Judge P.B Desai heard submissions from the prosecution as well as lawyers representing the 24 convicted over the killings, before…

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June 6, 2016


Saudi man executed for murder

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia put to death a citizen convicted of murder on Tuesday, bringing to 94 the number of executions in the kingdom in 2016. Imad al-Assimi was found guilty of shooting dead a compatriot in a dispute, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA. Most people put to…

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May 24, 2016


Murder convict executed in Sahiwal

SAHIWAL: Pakistan on Monday morning executed a man convicted of murder in Sahiwal, Samaa reported. “In 2003, Imtiaz Hussain had murdered a man over a dispute. He was hanged until death,” sources quoted central jail authorities as saying. The hangings come as Pakistan‘s controversial lifting of a moratorium on executions last year is under growing…

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November 2, 2015


SC upholds death penalty for Mumtaz Qadri

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan Wednesday upheld death penalty awarded to Mumtaz Qadri, who was found guilty of assassinating former Punjab governor Salman Taseer in 2011, Samaa reported. According to Samaa correspondent, Qadri had filed a petition in the apex court against Islamabad High Court’s decision to uphold his death sentence. Supreme Court’s three-member…

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October 7, 2015


Most Pakistanis favor death penalty

The staggering 78 percent of Pakistanis supports death penalty for hardcore criminals including those involved in assassinations, gang-rapes and drug-trafficking with no lenience for even women and children. Zulqarnain Iqbal reports from Islamabad.

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September 18, 2015


India hangs Yakub Memon, Mumbai bomb plotter

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon for his role in a series of co-ordinated attacks that killed hundreds of people in Mumbai in 1993, Indian media reported. Memon was hanged at Nagpur jail in the western state of Maharashtra around 7:00 am (0130 GMT) on the day of his 53rd…

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July 30, 2015


Bangladesh upholds war crimes death sentence of top Islamist

DHAKA: Bangladesh's highest court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence against the second highest ranked Islamist leader for war crimes during the country's battle for independence, paving the way for his hanging. In a brief ruling, Chief Justice S.K. Sinha “dismissed” Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid's appeal against his sentence, an AFP correspondent at the Supreme…

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June 16, 2015


EU demands Pakistan to reinstate moratorium on death penalty

BRUSSELS: The European Union demanded the Pakistani government to reinstate moratorium on death penalty to fully respect all of its international obligations. “Pakistan's obligations under domestic and international law prohibit the death sentence for crimes committed by persons under eighteen years of age and require prompt and impartial investigation where there is reasonable ground to…

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June 11, 2015


US calls death penalty for Egypt's Mursi 'unjust'

WASHINGTON The United States believes the death sentence for former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi is “unjust and undermines confidence in the rule of law,” the State Department said on Monday. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Washington was also deeply concerned about “yet another mass death sentence” delivered by an Egyptian court. The ruling against…

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May 18, 2015


Egypt sentences deposed Islamist president Morsi to death

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death on Saturday over jail breaks during the 2011 uprising. Morsi was in the caged dock when the judge read out his verdict. Many of those sentenced were tried in absentia, including prominent Islamic cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi who…

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May 16, 2015


Four awarded death penalty in ISI office attack case

MULTAN: An anti-terrorism court sentenced four militants to death for targeting the office of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Multan. In the attack in Multan on December 8 2009, two suicide attackers fired on soldiers while driving a pick-up truck packed with explosives past security checkpoints in an attempt to approach the local office of the…

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January 13, 2015


Dr Warren case: ATC awards death penalty to accused

LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday awarded death penalty on three counts to accused Hafiz Imran alias Hamza in connection with the kidnapping of American Dr Warren Weinstein. The ATC also imposed a fine of Rs 500,000 on the accused who would have to undergo six years jail term, if he failed to paythe…

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January 7, 2015


Pakistan defends reinstatement of death penalty

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Saturday defended lifting moratorium on death penalty in terrorism related cases, saying that the country is facing ‘difficult circumstances.’ ‘Unusual situations demand extraordinary measures to cope with the challenges,’ the prime minister spokesman said after UN chief urged Pakistan to halt executions. Musaddiq Malik, the PM’s spokesman, further said that Pakistan respects international…

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December 27, 2014


Meeting called to discuss death penalty implementation

ISLAMABAD: Secretary Interior summoned a meeting on the first working day of the week to discuss the implementation of death sentence, SAMAA reported Friday. According to sources, all four Inspector Generals of police, IG Jails and officers of the home department will attend the meeting. The meeting has been called to broach the issue relating…

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December 18, 2014


Intriguing facts about death penalty for terrorists

There are as many as 8,261 prisoners in over five dozen jails across Pakistan waiting for their death penalty. Of them, at least 30 percent prisoners were confined over terrorism counts.

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December 18, 2014


PM lifts moratorium on death sentence

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday lifting moratorium on executions, allowed capital punishment for those sentenced to death in the cases of terrorism. The Prime Minister took the important step in the wake of the terrorists attack at a school in Peshawar on Tuesday that killed around 140 people, most of them children.  There was…

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December 17, 2014


Qadri suggests death penalty on corruption, foreign funding

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri proposed the rulers to legislate capital punishment for those who took funds from foreign or internal agencies or indulged in corruption ever since 1980’s. Addressing the participants of Inqilab March sit-in opposite Parliament House, he dared the government to formulate these stringent laws if they are really…

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September 19, 2014


Egypt sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death

CAIRO: A court in Egypt on Monday sentenced 529 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death after a mass trial, judicial sources said. Islamist backers of Morsi are facing a deadly crackdown launched by the military-installed authorities since his ouster in July, with hundreds of people killed and thousands arrested. Of those sentenced…

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March 24, 2014

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