Egypt’s mass death sentence ‘could cause Middle East turmoil’

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The United States and United Nations expressed deep concern on Monday about the death sentences handed down in Egypt for President Mohamed Mursi and other Islamists, while Turkey warned of Middle East turmoil if they are carried out. Christian Today Reuters UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will closely monitor the appeals process for the death sentences and urged actions ... Read More »

We must oppose execution of Boston bomber: Bali Nine lawyer

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Australia must vocally oppose the “barbaric and inhumane” execution of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, says a lawyer who represented Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. The Australian – Jared Owens, Reporter, Canberra A US jury on Friday sentenced Tsarnaev to death for the deadly attack, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a “kid” who fell under the influence of his fanatical older ... Read More »

Boston bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death

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A US jury on May 15 sentenced 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, one of the worst assaults on American soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks. Hurriyet – BOSTON – Agence France-Presse It took the jury more than 14 hours to choose death rather than life imprisonment for the ex pot-smoking college ... Read More »

Egypt sentences deposed president Mohamed Morsi to death

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CAIRO: An Egyptian court has sentenced deposed president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death over jailbreaks during a 2011 uprising. Morsi was in the caged dock when the judge read out his verdict on Saturday. Many of those sentenced were tried in absentia, including prominent Islamic cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi who resides in Qatar. AFP – Brisbane Times  Read More »

Julian Assange stuck in detention after losing appeal in Sweden’s Supreme Court

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Stockholm: Sweden’s Supreme Court said on Monday it rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to revoke a detention order over allegations of sexual assault. The 43-year-old Australian has been stuck inside Ecuador’s London embassy since June 2012 to avoid a British extradition to Sweden, which wants to question him on allegations of sexual assault. The detention order was issued ... Read More »

Joko Widodo insists death penalty ‘positive’ for Indonesia

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ABEPURA, Indonesia, May 9 AFP – Indonesian President Joko Widodo insists the death penalty is “positive” for his country after the execution of seven foreign drug convicts by firing squad sparked international outrage. Jakarta put to death Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, a Brazilian and four Nigerians on a prison island, along with one Indonesian, despite worldwide calls for ... Read More »

The dearth penalty

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The leader of the 1961-75 campaign against capital punishment on how America stymies action on its abolition. The Saturday Paper - BARRY JONES Indonesia’s execution by firing squad of eight people convicted of drug offences, among them the Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, has revived domestic concerns about capital punishment to higher levels than any time since the 1960s. There ... Read More »

Human rights lawyer questions Australia’s hypocrisy on the death penalty

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As the Government considers its next diplomatic move after withdrawing Australian ambassador Paul Grigson from Jakarta, it looks like many Australians are ready to move on. Australian National Review – Although an early May Essential Report indicates that public attitudes to Indonesia following the Bali Nine executions are divided over whether they warrant retaliatory action, the Abbott Government is already ... Read More »

Bali 9 executions: Andrew Chan’s letter to the nephew he adored

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Bail 9 duo’s ‘fierce desire to live’ Indonesian envoy’s sympathy Pawns in a power game: Waleed Aly The Myuran I knew: Michael Bachelard ​Sukumaran ‘the best art student’ On the day he was told that death would come in just three days, Andrew Chan was moved to write a poignant letter to his young nephew Kai, urging him to learn from his ... Read More »

Accused Australian ice smuggler in Malaysia Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto to be hanged if found guilty

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Sydney woman makes first court appearance in Malaysia Australian grandmother on ice charges Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto leaving airport when drugs discovered Drugs charges against Sydney grandmother Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto have been transferred to Malaysia’s high court where she will be sentenced to hang if found guilty. The Canberra Times - Lindsay Murdoch, South-East Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media A chemist’s report ... Read More »