[Deathpenalty] death penalty news----worldwide
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Wed Sep 21 09:46:28 CDT 2011
China executes Pakistani man on drugs charges
China has executed a Pakistani man, Zahid Husain Shah, despite last-ditch
appeals for clemency, his family says.
Mr Shah, 35, was arrested in 2008 and was convicted last year of drug
He was put to death by lethal injection in Shanghai on Wednesday morning.
Human rights groups had called on Beijing to stop the execution and urged
Islamabad to take up appeals on his behalf. There was no comment from either
Relatives were allowed one last meeting with Mr Husain at Shanghai Detention
Centre on Wednesday morning.
His cousin, Tasneem Fatima, told the BBC the family expects to travel back to
Pakistan later this week, once his body has been returned to them.
The last thing he told her was that he was innocent, she said.
4 other Pakistanis arrested with Mr Shah were sentenced to life imprisonment.
According to Mr Husain's relatives, he was framed for a crime he did not
"Executing someone for drug-related offences violates internationally accepted
standards for imposing the death penalty," said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty
International's Asia-Pacific director.
The human rights group argues that no-one sentenced to death receives a fair
trial in China, where thousands of executions for drug trafficking take place
every year, more than the rest of the world combined.
(source: BBC News)
Man lives on after execution2011-09-21 08:42
A man supposedly executed for robbery 9 years ago has been found living with
his family in Beijing, New Express Daily reported yesterday.
Tang Jianmin, an innocent migrant worker from central China's Hubei Province,
had no idea a robber had used his name, and the truth was not discovered by the
authorities until 2009, 7 years after the execution, the newspaper reported.
The convict was actually Tang's cousin, Zhang Wenhua. When Zhang was detained
by the police, he claimed he was Tang. No one verified his identity, the
Before he committed a series of robberies in 2000, seriously injuring 2 women,
Zhang was wanted for a murder in 1997. He may have given a false name in the
belief he was escaping a more serious charge, according to the newspaper.
Zhang - under the name of his cousin - appealed against the death sentence but
the judgment was upheld by a higher court.
Zhang was shot on June 6, 2002, under Tang's name, while his real name remained
on the police wanted list.
Xu Hao, Zhang's schoolmate and a teacher from Xiangyang, Hubei, received the
death penalty with a 2-year reprieve in 1999 as Zhang's accomplice in murdering
a security guard at a hospital.
Xu and his family deny he committed the crime and have been trying to reverse
the verdict. Xu's sentence was years ago reduced to 20 years for good behavior.
He is still in jail.
(source: Shanghai Daily
IRAN----public execution of juvenile
17-year-old Alireza was hanged in public in Karaj early this morning
17-year-old Alireza Mollasoltani was publicly hanged in Karaj (west of Tehran)
early this morning.
Alireza Mollasoltani was convicted of stabbing Ruhollah Dadashi, the Iranian
champion of weightlifting.
The state-run Fars news agency reported that, before he was hanged from a
crane, Alireza was crying loudly and asking for forgiveness while calling for
his mother and some religious figures.
Several human rights organizations and the Norwegian government had called the
scheduled execution "unlawful" and urged the Iranian authorities to stop the
execution and respect the UN conventions that the Iranian government has
Iran has ratified the UN convention on the Rights of the Child, which bans the
death penalty for offences committed by persons under the age of 18.
Alireza Mollasoltani was born in December 1993. He was still a minor at the
time of the execution. After the execution, Ali Rezwanmanesh, the
representative of the Judiciary present at the scene of execution, told news
reporters that "Alireza was not a minor, according to Sharia, since in the
Sharia the lunar calender in used and the years are shorter."
Iran Human Rights strongly condemns today’s execution of 17-year-old Alireza.
Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of Iran Human Rights said in a
comment: "Alireza’s execution is unlawful, according to international laws and
the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the head of the Judiciary Sadeq Larijani
should be held responsible for today’s execution and other unlawful executions
that take place in Iran". He added: "The international community should not
tolerate the execution of children in 2011."
(source: Iran Human Rights)
Senior lawyer Ramchandran to defend Kasab in SC
Top advocate Raju Ramachandran has been appointed to defend the 26/11 Mumbai
terror attack accused Ajmal Kasab in the Supreme Court. Kasab has filed a
petition in the apex court challenging the death penalty.
Speaking to CNN-IBN, senior advocate Raju Ramachandran said," it's a call of
A trial court had sentenced Kasab to death on 5 counts in May 2010. The Bombay
High Court had later upheld the sentence.
(source: IBN Live)
Death penalty for seven Pakistanis who killed teenagers ---- The brothers were
apparently mistaken for robbers
A court in Pakistan has given the death penalty to seven people who were caught
on camera beating 2 teenaged brothers to death last year.
6 others were sent to life in jail while 9 policemen, including the then police
chief of Sialkot district, were given 3-year jail terms.
Video of the killings in Sialkot showed police officers standing by as a mob
beat the pair to death.
The brothers were mistaken for robbers, officials said.
Footage showed the youths protesting their innocence as they were beaten with
sticks and wires.
The brothers, Mughees Butt, 19, and Muneeb Butt, 15, were then strung up on
At one point, the screaming youths ask to be shot so their ordeal could end.
The case caused outrage in Pakistan.
The anti-terrorism court in the city of Gujranwala announced its sentences
shortly before midnight on Tuesday.
A total of 27 people had been charged in the case. 5 were acquitted on grounds
of insufficient evidence.
The policemen were found guilty of not intervening, and possibly abetting, the
killings. Those convicted can appeal in the high court.
(source: BBC News)
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