ASIA Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 after being accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. The mum-of-four spent almost a decade on death row before her conviction was finally overturned by the country's highest court. Here's her story. Why was Asia Bibi sentenced to death? Asia Bibi, a Christian, was put on death row in 2010 after she was accused of insulting Prophet Mohammed in Pakistan's capital, Lahore. The charge against Bibi dates back to a hot day in 2009 when she went to get water for her and her fellow farmworkers. Two Muslim women refused to take a drink from a container used by a Christian. A few days later, a mob accused her of blasphemy and she was convicted and sentenced to death. Bibi's lawyer, Saiful Malook, argued that the many contradictions in witnesses' statements tainted the evidence. The two Muslim women who levelled the charges against Bibi denied they were quarrelling with her, saying her outbursts against Islam were unprovoked. Yet several independent … [Read more...] about Why was Asia Bibi’s death penalty conviction overturned, does Pakistan have capital punishment and what is blasphemy?
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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’
State corporations and groups have been found to have committed violations worth nearly VNĐ350 trillion (US$15.5 billion) in State capital usage and management during the 2011-2016 period, according to the Government Inspectorate.— Photo vnexpress.net HÀ NỘI — State corporations and groups have been found to have committed violations worth nearly VNĐ350 trillion (US$15.5 billion) in State capital usage and management during the 2011-2016 period, according to the Government Inspectorate. The figure was counted following 19 inspections carried out by the Government Inspectorate during the period. Most violations found at State businesses and corporations related to investment procedures, the purchasing of public assets, and weak management capacity that led to other violations in economic management and regulations. Limitations in inspection and supervision tasks of relevant ministries and agencies are also blamed for the wrongdoings in … [Read more...] about State corps commit violations worth over $15b
LINCOLN — Nebraska took another step toward bringing back the death penalty Tuesday by seeking an execution date for condemned killer Carey Dean Moore.Attorney General Doug Peterson filed a motion with the Nebraska Supreme Court seeking a death warrant for Moore, 60, the longest-serving inmate on death row. The legal filing says a date of execution must be set no later than 60 days after the court issues a death warrant.The motion also states that Moore has no pending appeals or stays of execution in state or federal courts. In recent months, Moore has declined to be named in a new round of legal challenges filed by death penalty opponents. “The State of Nebraska has a constitutionally acceptable method of carrying out Moore’s death sentences by lethal injection,” said the motion, which was co-filed by State Solicitor General James Smith.Last year, Nebraska prison officials obtained four drugs that they intend to use for the execution. The drug combination has … [Read more...] about Execution date sought for state’s longest-serving death row inmate
LINCOLN — The ACLU of Nebraska filed another legal challenge to the state’s death penalty on Monday, claiming that a new execution protocol was adopted “hastily, secretly and without following required procedures” in 2017.The civil rights organization, which had a recent challenge to capital punishment dismissed, asked a Lancaster County District Court to block any executions until the state enacts a protocol that has proper public input and review, and is in compliance with the state’s Administrative Procedures Act.“The (Nebraska Department of Correctional Services) promulgated this very important protocol, upon which lives literally depend, on a single try and without making any drafts or working copies at all, and without consulting any public or private experts,” the lawsuit states. That, the ACLU maintained, violates the due process clause of the Nebraska Constitution. The new challenge comes as Nebraska is preparing for its first … [Read more...] about ACLU of Nebraska says state’s execution procedures were adopted ‘hastily, secretly’