KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia's new government said it will abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt all pending executions, a rare move against capital punishment in Asia that human rights groups hailed Thursday as a major advance. More than 1,200 people are on death row in Malaysia, which mandates hanging as punishment for a wide range of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, treason, kidnapping and acts of terror. Law Minister Liew Vui Keong announced Wednesday that the Cabinet had agreed to abolish the death penalty and that amendments to laws with capital punishment were expected to be presented when Parliament resumes Monday, local media reported. Liew couldn't be reached for immediate comment. Communications Minister Gobind Singh Deo on Thursday confirmed the Cabinet's decision. "This is part of our election pledge and also in line with the move away from capital punishment in the rest of the world," he told The Associated Press. U.S. court delays Tennessee … [Read more...] about Malaysia to abolish death penalty in rare move against capital punishment in Asia
Ben Stiller started his star-studded career at 15, but little do people know he was also the drummer of a post-punk band when he was 16. Now, for the first time in 36 years, Capital Punishment is getting an official release for its "Roadkill" LP through Captured Tracks. Joining Stiller in the band is an Arizona Supreme Court Justice, Peter Swann; a professor of Slavic Studies, Peter Zusi; and a documentarian/musician, Kriss Roebling, who is credited as the frontman of the band.Recorded in 1982, “RoadKill” has become a collectible. Original copies sell for $200 to $500. Roebling mentioned in a note that the band sold the album “on consignment to numerous mom and pop record stores around New York, which I suppose is how some copies found their way to listeners who enjoyed it so many years later.“ A very experimental work, the band pulls from David Bowie and Brian Eno as influences and is heavy on the proto-industrial sound with an echo of Captain … [Read more...] about Ben Stiller’s post-punk teenage band, Capital Punishment, is reissuing its 1982 album
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's cabinet on Monday will consider capital punishment for traffic accident deaths, a law ministry official said, as thousands of students held protests for a ninth day over the deaths of two teenagers by a speeding bus in Dhaka. Tens of thousands of angry school and colleges students have been demanding changes to Bangladesh's transport laws, paralysing the crowded capital of 18 million, after the two teenagers were killed when a privately operated bus ran over a group of students on July 29. "In this amendment it has been proposed to award the highest level of punishment if it is killing by an accident," said the law ministry official, who has been briefed on the matter but declined to be named ahead of a decision. The current punishment is a maximum jail term of three years. Using the death penalty for road accidents is rare anywhere in the world. Bangladesh's transport authority listed punishments given in different countries that ranged from 14 years in … [Read more...] about Bangladesh considers capital punishment for driving deaths
Pope Francis has amended the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding capital punishment, declaring it “inadmissible” and saying the Church “works with determination for its abolition worldwide.” Prior to the changes announced through the Vatican press office Thursday, the Catholic Catechism taught that recourse to the death penalty was not to be “excluded” as a legitimate punishment “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.”It further taught, however, that the state should limit itself to non-lethal means whenever possible, since they are “more in conformity to the dignity of the human person,” noting that the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.” The new text of the relevant number, 2267, recognizes that recourse to the death penalty “was long considered an … [Read more...] about Pope Francis Amends Catechism, Declares Capital Punishment ‘Inadmissible’
THE last six members of the religious cult group Aum Shinkrikyo have been executed by Japanese authorities for their involvement in the sarin attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995. Shoko Asahara and six other members had been executed earlier in July 2018. Does Japan have capital punishment? Japan has the death penalty for murder. The death sentence is usually only imposed for multiple murders although it has also been implemented in rare cases of single murders. Court rulings follow the ‘Nagayama standard’ where guidelines were established during the trial of Norio Nagayama who committed four separate robbery-murders in 1968. The court ruled there should be nine criteria when considering the degree of criminal liability, which are: degree of viciousness, motive, how the crime was committed, in particular how the victim was killed, outcome of the crime – including the number of victims, the sentiments of the bereaved family, impact of the crime on Japanese society, … [Read more...] about Japan death penalty – does Japan have capital punishment, what execution methods do they use and when were Aum Shinrikyo killed?