Countdown to death: Bali pair given final notice

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Jakarta: Bali nine organisers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran may have just three days left to live after they were officially given 72 hours notification of their executions on Saturday. Brisbane Times - Jewel Topsfield, Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax The condemned men are bracing to be killed on Tuesday night however Attorney-General spokesman Tony Spontana said no date had been set and they may have longer. Their Australian lawyer ... Read More »

Egypt: Halt Executions of Six Men

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Convicted in Military Court After Unfair Trial Human Rights Watch (New York) – Six men face execution in Egypt after being convicted by a military court, despite evidence that some were in detention at the time of the crimes. Egyptian authorities should stay the executions and send the men’s case for retrial before a civilian court, Human Rights Watch said. The ... Read More »

Justice Peter McClellan: Assumptions about victims colour judges’ decisions

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Sexual assault victims’ testimony has been called into question by judges ignorant of relevant psychological research, the chairman of the royal commission into child sexual abuse says. The Age – Jane Lee In a rare and frank appraisal of Australian judges to be presented on Tuesday at an international conference in New Zealand, Justice Peter McClellan said, “Judicial assumptions about human ... Read More »

Man who took down Turkish flag jailed for 13 years

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A Turkish man has been sentenced to 13 years and nine months in prison after taking down a Turkish flag during a protest in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on June 2014. ANKARA – Anadolu Agency – Hurriyet A high court in Diyarbakır sentenced the man, identified only by the initials Ö.M., to six years and three months in jail ... Read More »

David Penberthy: Why some sentences can make the public question our courts

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TWO court cases, two very different defendants, two very different sentences. The Advertiser - David Penberthy One defendant sick with remorse and wishing himself dead, refusing to appeal because he believed he deserved what was coming to him, even though there was no criminal intent behind his actions. The other defendant, exposed for the pig that he is by a mountain ... Read More »

Turkish cartoonists sentenced to jail for insulting Erdoğan

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Two cartoonists for the popular satirical weekly Penguen have been jailed to 11 months in prison, over a satirical piece on free speech in which they were convicted of including a hidden gesture “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Ayşegül Usta – ISTANBUL – Hurriyet Cartoonists Bahadır Baruter and Özer Aydoğan were sued for the Aug. 21, 2014, cover of ... Read More »

Nick Xenophon’s plea to Indonesia on Bali nine clemency

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Nick Xenophon has written an open letter in Bahasa Indonesia to our northern neighbours calling for clemency for the Bali nine duo. The Age - Nick Xenophon Permohonanku kepada Rakyat Indonesia Tetangga kami yang baik, Bangsa Indonesia, Anda tidak mengenal saya, namun di antara umat manusia yang berpihak pada kemauan baik, kita tidak mengenal istilah “orang asing”, kita hanyalah teman-teman yang ... Read More »

Comment: Death, memory and mercy

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Just how effective is the death penalty in deterring drug trafficking? SBS - By Monica Attard Australians are no longer under any illusion about how Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will be killed by Indonesia if their latest legal appeals fail. There’s no need to rehash the gory detail. But if Indonesia gets its way, the legacy of the Bali duo will ... Read More »