US Supreme Court backs use of contentious execution drug

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BBC – The US Supreme Court has upheld the use of a contentious drug used in executions, saying it does not violate a ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling is a setback to opponents of the death penalty, who say midazolam is not suitable for lethal injections. The drug raised concerns after it was used in executions in ... Read More »

Mohamed Mursi death sentence puts Western democracies on notice

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Those who see Egypt’s brutal regime as a bulwark against the Islamic threat in some clash-of-civilisations drama have a shrivelled idea of our common humanity. The Canberra Times – Irfan Ahmad * In the coming days, the grand mufti of Egypt, the country’s senior religious official, is expected to pronounce on whether Mohamed Mursi, the country’s first democratically elected president, should be put ... Read More »

Pakistan frees eight of the 10 men charged with shooting Malala Yousafzai in the head

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Peshawar: A Pakistani court has freed eight out of 10 men charged with organising the shooting of schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in a move that will raise further questions about the nation’s heavily criticised justice system. Jibran Ahmad Pakistani Taliban militants claimed responsibility for attacking Malala in 2012 as she travelled home from school in Swat, north-west of the capital Islamabad. ... Read More »

QC Anthony Bellanto tells judge she’s too emotional about rape case

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The barrister of a man who tried to rape a young woman in a Sydney park has questioned a judge’s ability to be objective about the case, telling her she was getting “quite emotional”. The Australian – AAP Anthony Bellanto QC questioned Judge Sarah Huggett’s “objectivity” and said she was “getting quite emotional about this case” in a sentence hearing ... Read More »

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 »