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Wed Mar 21 10:04:23 CDT 2012
Ukrainian communists propose reintroduction of capital punishment
The Communist Party of Ukraine has proposed the reintroduction of the death
penalty in Ukraine for especially grave crimes.
"After the events in Mykolayiv, and after my visits to Vinnytsia and
Khmelnytsky regions, where I talked to voters, I can say that the overwhelming
majority of voters demand the reintroduction of capital punishment in Ukraine,"
leader of the Communist Party faction Petro Symonenko said at the sitting of
the Conciliation Council on March 19.
He asked that a draft bill tabled by the communists that proposes to
reintroduce capital punishment in Ukraine be put on parliament's agenda.
In turn, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn said he had received the
draft law and had sent it for consideration to the profile committee of the
He added that there was a draft law in the Verkhovna Rada authored by Regions
Party MP Vasyl Kyseliov that foresees life imprisonment for premeditated
Verkhovna Rada central judicial department head Mykhailo Tepliuk said that the
Constitutional Court of Ukraine had taken a decision according to which the
death penalty was unconstitutional.
"That's why the adoption of a law that foresees capital punishment could be
declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine," Tepliuk
(source: Kyiv Post)
Parliament: 449 Foreigners Awaiting Trial Where penalty is Death
There are 449 foreigners held on remand while awaiting trial for offences which
carry the mandatory death sentence, iof convicted, the Dewan Rakyat was told
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein said of the number, 396 were
charged with drug trafficking, 28 for urder, 18 for kidnapping and the 7 others
for firearms offences.
Hishamuddin in his written reply to Karpal Singh (DAP - Bukit Gelugor) said
based on Prisons Department statistics, the foreigners were from 35 countries
among them South Africa, Albania, Botswana, the Philippines, Iran, Kenya,
Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Singapore, Sri Lanka,
Thailand, Togo, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe.
Karapl Singh had wanted a breakdown of in terms of nationalities who were
awaiting trial for capital offences as of Jan. 31, 2012.
Arab Holds 54 Death Row Indonesian Prisoners
Hafidz bin Kholil Sulam, 46, finally arrived in Indonesia, after being freed
from a death sentence in Saudi Arabia at 11 AM, on Wednesday. Another 54
Indonesian migrant workers are facing death penalty in Saudi Arabia and are not
as lucky as Hafidz is.
Head of Indonesia Migrant Worker Protection & Legal Entity Overseas, Dino
Nurwahyudin, said 54 Indonesian migrant workers are death row prisoners. So
far, seven migrant workers have been released by paying blood money (diyat)
worth 400 thousand real per person.
“Currently, 18 immigrant workers are facing trial for their release, while
another seven have returned back to Indonesia,” Dino told VIVAnews.
Chief of Indonesia Migrant Worker Placement & Protection Bureau (BNP2TKI), M
Jumhur Hidayat, stated that the pardon for the victims’ families was paid by
diyat worth 400 thousand realper person. “The diyat is paid using BNP2TKI's
budget,” he explained.
In addition to the diyat payment, the suspect and the victim must start
reconciling as of the very first trial in the public court.
“Hafidz, who was put behind bars in Mecca since 1999, is released due to a
reconciliation process. An intense discussion between the government and the
victim’s family is important,” he said.
(source: Viva News)
Singapore to hang Indian man for Filipina’s murder
An Indian shipyard worker will be hanged after a Singapore court on Wednesday
gave him the death penalty for the 2010 murder of a Filipina woman, local media
Bijukumar Remadevi Nair Gopinathan, 36, was convicted of the murder of Roselyn
Reyes Pascua and was handed the mandatory death penalty by a district court
Justice Choo Han Teck said the prosecution had proved its case against
Gopinathan beyond a reasonable doubt, the Straits Times reported.
Pascua’s body was found inside a hotel room in March 2010. She had been stabbed
The Straits Times said Gopinathan did not deny stabbing the 30-year-old victim
during his trial but argued that he was provoked, adding that she had solicited
him for sex.
Local media reports said Gopinathan was caught with Pascua’s mobile phone and
some bloodstained money when he was arrested three days after the killing.
His DNA was also found on items in the room where Pascua’s body was found,
including a bra, a pair of denim hot pants and a brown wallet, the reports
Capital punishment in Singapore is carried out by hanging, a legacy of the
British colonial rule.
Human rights groups have criticized Singapore for maintaining the death penalty
and say mandatory capital punishment for certain crimes, such as murder and
drug trafficking, leave judges with no room for discretion.
But authorities argue the death penalty is necessary to maintain Singapore’s
record as one of the safest cities in the world.
(source: Agence France-Presse)
Lukashenko saddened by Minsk terrorists' execution
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said the execution of Vladislav
Kovalyov and Dmitry Konovalov, sentenced to death for organizing a terror
attack in the Minsk metro on April 11 2011, is his personal tragedy.
"It was one more tragedy in my life. My feelings go out first to these people's
parents, whom I cannot help. Alas," Lukashenko said in an interview with the
Russia Today television station.
"I am often asked: What was the most dramatic moment for me? I have said once
in public that the most dramatic thing for me is to sign a decree denying
pardon. I granted pardon to just one man over my tenure," the Belarusian
Kovalyov and Konovalov were found guilty of organizing terror attacks in the
Minsk metro on April 11 2011, and on Independence Day in Minsk on July 3, 2008,
and in Vitebsk in 2005.
Kovalyov pleaded not guilty and requested pardon, but pardon was denied to him.
Konovalov did not ask for clemency and confessed to organizing the terror
attacks carried out in 2008 and 2011.
Lukashenko said the European Union had not asked him to suspend the execution.
"The European Union has never asked me to suspend the execution of these
people. The European Union has always insisted on the abolition of the death
penalty," he said.
No diplomatic concession was offered, either, he said. "I was not offered that.
But then, which political concession do they mean? Even if they had, the
situation would not have been different. These are absolutely incomparable
problems and issues. Political concession coming from the West demands
political steps in the West's direction," Lukashenko said.
"Here the context is purely criminal, catastrophically and extremely criminal,
which cannot have forgiveness. I think Russia and other countries would have
done the same. So comparisons are out of place here. Again, I did not receive
any offer of this sort," the Belarusian president said.
(source: Kyiv Post)
Lukashenko: EU 'Never Asked Me' to Delay Execution
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Wednesday the European Union
had not asked him to postpone the execution of the two men charged with
carrying out a terrorist attack in the Minsk metro.
“The European Union has never asked me to delay the execution of these people,”
Lukashenko said in an interview with Russia Today. “The European Union has
always asked us to cancel the death penalty.”
Belarusian state television reported on Sunday that Dmitry Konovalov and
Vladislav Kovalyov, the two men sentenced to death over the April 2011 bombing
that killed 15 people and injured more than 200, had been executed.
The EU has condemned the hasty executions. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov has urged Belarus to join a moratorium on the death penalty. Belarus is
the only country in Europe that still uses capital punishment.
Konovalov, a lathe operator, and Kovalyov, an electrician, were detained the
day after the bombing. The next day, Lukashenko announced that the
investigation into the attack had been completed.
“To be honest, when the terrorist attack occurred, I was deeply unsure that we
would be able to investigate it,” he said in his interview.
Konovalov, charged organizing the attack, has pleaded guilty, while Kovalyov,
who was charged as Konovalov’s accomplice, has not admitted his guilt and asked
Lukashenko for pardon. The president has turned down the appeal.
Belarusian and international rights activists have criticized the conduct of
the trial, which they said lacked fairness and openness.
Lukashenko has dismissed those claims, saying in his RT interview that the
trial was “open” and “absolutely transparent.”
On March 16, Kovalyov’s mother sent a letter to Lukashenko asking him to
postpone her son’s execution for one year to allow her appeal to the United
Nations Human Rights Committee to be considered.
“If the mother had any doubts or suspicions – I insisted that any signal should
be inspected, and so it was,” Lukashenko said.
“There were some hints of falsifications and fraud… I ask: what’s the point?
Answer me as if you were in my shoes – why do I need falsifications?” he told
an RT journalist.
He described the executions as “another tragedy.”
“I feel for those people’s parents, whom I cannot help,” he said. “I am often
asked: what is the most difficult thing that you have faced? I have already
said publicly that the most difficult thing for me is to sign a non-pardon
In the past 5 years, at least 14 people were executed in Belarus. The only
known case when Lukashenko pardoned a criminal, replacing death penalty with
20-year imprisonment, dates back to 1996. In a referendum held the same year,
80.5 percent of Belarusians supported the death penalty as punishment for
severe crimes, according to official statistics.
(source: Ria Novosti)
Lukashenka Calls Trial Of Subway Bombers 'Transparent, Fair' M
RFE/RL's Aleh Hruzdzilovich attended every session of the trial of accused
subway bombers Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavalyou, who were executed
last week despite pleas for clemency and complaints that the court process was
flawed. He talks about the reasons why so many doubts remain about both the
trial and the men's execution.
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says he believes the trial and
execution of the two alleged Minsk subway bombers, who were put to death last
week, was "transparent and fair."
The authoritarian Lukashenka defended the trial and execution of the two men in
a new interview broadcast on the Russian state-controlled RT television
He claimed the proceedings were "absolutely transparent from the beginning to
The Belarusian regime has faced a torrent of international criticism in the
wake of the weekend executions, amid questions about evidence in the case and
concerns about the legal rights of the convicts, Uladzislau Kavalyou and
The bombing in April 2011 killed 15 people.
Analysts have noted that the bombing occurred at a time of political unrest in
Belarus -- just weeks after hundreds of political opponents of Lukashenka had
been arrested in the wake of disputed presidential elections in December, 2010,
in which Lukashenka received another term in office.
Lukashenka has ruled Belarus without interruption since 1994, and the country
has never held an election deemed free and fair by international observers
since he came to power.
When the Minsk subway bombing occurred, activists suggested Lukashenka was
attempting to use the attack as a pretext for additional security clampdowns,
as well as an opportunity to distract the public from a looming economic
Belarusian state television reported on March 17 that Kanavalau and Kavalyou
had been executed.
The announcement came just 3 days after Lukashenka rejected formal appeals by
the 2 convicts against their executions.
The men had been convicted and sentenced to death in November, following a
trial that critics said suffered from a lack of due process and a shortage of
physical evidence linking the men to the crime.
The speedy executions, by a bullet to the back of the head, have renewed
questions about the fairness and legality of the Belarusian court process.
In the television interview, Lukashenka said representatives of Russia’s
Federal Security Service, Israel’s Mossad and the international police agency
Interpol took part in the bombing investigation and "nobody had any doubts or
questions on every stage of the investigations."
The European Union and international human rights organizations condemned the
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Belarus on March 20 to join
the rest of Europe and impose a moratorium on the death penalty.
Belarus is the only country in Europe that still practices the death penalty.
(source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Death for brutality on BPO girl
A driver and his accomplice have been sentenced to death for raping and
murdering a call centre employee on her way to the night shift, the country's
1st such ruling for a crime that exposed the risks the young face while heading
to offices aligned to transcontinental time zones.
Jyotikumari Chaudhury, a 22-year-old employee of Wipro BPO Spectramind in Pune,
was brutalised and killed on November 1, 2007, while she was being driven at
10.30pm to what would have been her last day at office.
The girl from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, who had resigned and was planning to
take a break, was speaking to a friend on the phone when the line was cut off.
Her brutalised body was found two days later in a paddy field.
The case has been termed "rarest of rare" ' a classification required for the
death sentence ' by the Pune court which held the cab driver, Purshottam
Borate, 28, and Pradeep Kokate, 23, guilty of rape, murder and conspiracy.
Principal district and sessions judge Anant Badar described the crime as "a
pre-conceived one committed to satisfy lust", concluding that the convicts
deserved the death penalty.
The 2 pleaded for clemency on the ground that they were the only breadwinners
of their families but the plea was rejected by the court, special public
prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.
The judge said "the collective conscience of the community is so shocked by the
crime that imposing an alternative sentence, life imprisonment, on the accused
would not meet the ends of justice. Rather, it would tempt other potential
offenders to commit such crimes and get away with lesser punishment".
The judge added that it was because of this crime that security of women
working in BPOs came to the fore. He also referred to a survey that suggested
only 2 % of the employees received in-house training in self-defence and
The lawyer for the accused has said an appeal would be filed in the high court.
Nikam had sought the death sentence on 5 counts, stating that the 2 had
committed the crime on a defenceless person without any provocation and shown
depravity by the way the murder was committed.
The prosecution had no direct evidence such as eyewitnesses but relied heavily
on circumstantial evidence, witnesses who saw the girl being picked up and
heard her on the phone asking the driver why he had changed the route, and
"We are hoping that this will be a landmark judgment in such cases. The judge
has also said that such cases are on the rise and this should serve as a
deterrent," Jyoti's relative Shishir Pundalik told The Telegraph from Pune.
"We did wish that the 2 should be given nothing less than the death sentence.
There is no sense of euphoria or victory as the crime committed by them cannot
be reversed. But there is certainly a sense of closure after the verdict,"
Borate had picked up Jyoti from the house of her cousin where she was staying.
"It was her last day at work as she was going to quit the company. The accused
was fully aware of it and had premeditated the crime along with his friend,"
After picking her up, Borate told Jyoti that his friend would also be
travelling with them. While Jyoti was talking on the phone with her friend '
one of the 29 witnesses produced by the prosecution ' Borate drove the car to a
"They snatched the phone from her and raped her. They first slit the veins of
her right hand, smashed her face with a big stone that fractured her skull and
then strangled her. The murder was committed in the most gruesome manner,
falling in the rarest of rare category," Nikam said.
After the murder, Borate returned to the call centre to resume work and
informed his supervisor that Jyoti was unwell and had not reported to work.
"Borate also told his supervisor that he was late as his cab's tyre was
punctured," Nikam had said in court.
The judge referred to this. "The accused, without showing any remorse or
repentance for their actions, made up a false story. It is clear… they are
incapable of rehabilitation."
(source: Yahoo News)
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