Indonesia executes six drug convicts, including foreigners

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Indonesia has put to death six people convicted of drugs offences, including five foreigners, in the first executions carried out under new President Joko Widodo. Bali Nine man on death row ‘full of hope’ The Age Two women were among those executed by firing squad on Sunday, in a move swiftly condemned by Amnesty International as “seriously regressive”. The foreigners ... Read More »

David Hicks’s lawyer confident former Guantanamo Bay detainee will have conviction overturned in coming weeks

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The lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks believes his client’s conviction for supporting terrorism will be overturned. ( ABC ) Mr Hicks spent time in a US military prison after being captured in Afghanistan in 2001. He eventually pleaded guilty to providing material support for terrorism and was transferred to an Adelaide jail in April 2007. He served ... Read More »

After Years Of Abusing The Limits Of Free Speech, Abu Hamza Gets Life In Prison


By Matthew Francis, Lancaster University –  Science 2.0 Abu Hamza has been sentenced to life in a US prison, after being found guilty of 11 charges of terrorism and kidnapping. The ruling was handed down as events unfolded in France, once again putting his role in inspiring jihadist sympathizers in the spotlight. British security services have alleged that Cherif Kouachi, ... Read More »

Broadcaster Alan Jones ordered to pay $10,000 for racial vilification

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Broadcaster Alan Jones has been ordered to pay Muslim community leader Keysar Trad $10,000, ending a nine year battle over a radio segment found to have “stimulated listeners to hatred” of Lebanese men. The Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Gardiner The Civil and Administrative Tribunal found comments broadcast on 2GB in April 2005 “portrayed Lebanese males as criminals and … as ... Read More »

Pakistan to execute 500 terror convicts

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Islamabad: Pakistan plans to execute about 500 militants in coming weeks after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a Taliban school massacre. AFP Brisbane Times Pakistan school massacre: arrests made Six militants have been hanged since Friday amid rising public anger over Tuesday’s slaughter in the north-western city of Peshawar, which left 149 people ... Read More »

Mosque’s land in Istanbul to return to Greek-origin citizen

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A precious plot on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, where a mosque is now located, has been returned to the 92-year-old sole heir of former Fener Greek Patriarch Maximus V, daily Milliyet reported on Dec. 18. Hurriyet Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals approved the decision to return the area, located in the Kadıköy district near the shores of the Marmara Sea, to ... Read More »

Why Jokowi ordered the execution of drug traffickers in Indonesia

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The Indonesian government plans to execute five convicts on death row before the year ends. Three have been convicted for drug-related crimes. According to The Guardian, the five condemned to death this year are all Indonesian. In 2015, the Indonesian government is planning 20 more executions, mostly of drug convicts whose nationalities aren’t known. Two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran ... Read More »

Judge throws out teen’s murder conviction 70 years after his execution

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When George Stinney Jr. was executed for the killings of two white girls in 1944, he was so small that the straps of South Carolina’s electric chairdidn’t fit him properly, and he had to sit on a book for his electrocution. The Washington Post – Sarah Larimer * Stinney was just 14 years old at the time and became the youngest person ... Read More »

Prosecutors again demand life imprisonment for Turkish sociologist Selek

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Turkish prosecutors have once again demanded life imprisonment for Turkish sociologist Pınar Selek for allegedly being involved in the bombing of Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar in 1998, in a Kafkaesque judicial procedure that has been overturned four times so far. Selek’s lawyers once again stressed the lack of concrete evidence of her implication during the hearing on Dec. 5. The feminist ... Read More »