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China Executes South African Woman for Drug Smuggling

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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China has executed a South African woman for drug smuggling, after rejecting appeals by the South African government to spare her life. Janice Linden was convicted in 2009 of attempting to smuggle three kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in luggage through an airport in the southern city of Guangzhou. She later argued her innocence, saying the […]

China Executes Filipino Drug Smuggler

Posted December 8th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities have executed a Filipino man convicted of drug trafficking, despite appeals by rights groups and the Philippine government. Philippine officials said the 35-year-old defendant, who has not been publicly identified, was given a lethal injection Thursday after being allowed to briefly meet with members of his family and a priest. The man was […]

Execution Dropped Against Ex-Black Panther Abu-Jamal

Posted December 7th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Prosecutors in the U.S. city of Philadelphia have decided not to pursue the execution of a convicted cop killer, after nearly 30 years of appeals and an international anti-death penalty campaign arguing racism tainted his conviction. District Attorney Seth Williams said Tuesday he believed Mumia Abu-Jamal was guilty but that the death penalty was appropriate […]

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Amnesty Protests Pending Chinese Execution

Posted December 6th, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International is calling China’s decision to execute a Philippine drug smuggler on Thursday a violation of human rights, and says such executions for non-violent offenses are prevalent in other Asian countries as well. Amnesty spokeswoman Catherine Baber spoke Tuesday in Taiwan, as Philippine authorities and family members of the condemned smuggler raced against time […]

International Outcry over Execution in U.S. State of Georgia

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 10:02 am (UTC-5)
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There has been international condemnation of the execution in the U.S. of a man convicted in the 1989 murder of a police officer. Defense lawyers for Troy Davis, as well as a number of high-profile world figures, said he was innocent and should not have been put to death. Davis died by lethal injection late […]

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US Supreme Court Grants Reprieve for Texas Death Row Inmate

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States Supreme Court has granted a last-minute reprieve to a Texas man who had been scheduled to be executed. The Supreme Court issued a stay of execution Thursday evening for Duane Buck. Buck’s lawyers argued the 48-year-old had been unfairly sentenced because a psychologist testified during the punishment hearing that black men are […]

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Somalia Executes Soldier, Defense Worker

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s government has executed a soldier and a defense ministry worker who were sentenced to death by a military tribunal in separate murder cases. A firing squad shot the men on Monday behind police headquarters in Mogadishu, where the duo had been blindfolded and tied to a post. A government official tells VOA the soldier […]

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US Man Dies in Videotaped Execution

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 10:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. man has been executed for killing three family members, in what was believed to be the first video-recorded execution in the United States in nearly two decades. Andrew DeYoung was put to death by lethal injection late Thursday at a prison in Georgia. The execution was originally set for Wednesday but was delayed […]

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Despite Appeals, Texas Man Executed for Post 9/11 Shooting Spree

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. man who went on a shooting spree for what he said was retaliation for the 2001 terrorist attacks has been put to death, after courts rejected a last-minute bid by a survivor to stop the execution. Mark Stroman was lethally injected Wednesday night in the southern state of Texas after judges rejected appeals […]

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Survivor of Post 9-11 Shooting Pleads for Gunman’s Life

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The only survivor of a shooting spree carried out by a U.S. man in retaliation for the 2001 terrorist attacks has made a last-minute bid to halt the execution of the shooter. Surviving victim Rais Bhuiyan filed an appeal Wednesday in a U.S. federal court in the southern state of Texas, where the shooting spree […]

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