Oklahoma to introduce new method of executing death-row inmates – from News.com.au

March 16, 2018 at 3:17 am (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, News, United States) (, , )

OKLAHOMA has rolled out plans for its newest morbid killing device for inmates in limbo on death row. Warning: Disturbing.

by Rohan Smith

WARNING: Disturbing content.

THE American state where a death-row inmate endured an agonising 43-minute-long botched execution is surging ahead with plans to kill more prisoners. But there’s a catch.

Oklahoma, where Clayton Lockett blew a vein while strapped to his death bed in 2014, doesn’t have the lethal injection drugs it needs.

So what does a state do when drugs are off the table? It invents new means of execution.

On Wednesday, officials in Oklahoma announced they plan to become the first US state to use gas to carry out capital punishment.

The proposal is that inmates condemned to death row will take turns in the chamber where a mask would be placed over their heads and nitrogen gas administered.

“We can no longer sit on the sidelines and wait on the drugs,” State Attorney-General Mike Hunter said.

“Using nitrogen will be effective, simple to administer, easy to obtain and requires no complex medical procedures.”

Full story here.


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Indonesia requests death penalty for eight Taiwanese – Taipei Times

January 19, 2018 at 10:31 am (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, Indonesia, News)

WAR ON DRUGS:The Indonesian government is getting tougher on drug cases, with 16 Taiwanese sentenced to death or killed in raids in recent years

Staff writer, with CNA

Indonesian prosecutors have requested the death penalty for eight Taiwanese allegedly involved in a drug smuggling operation last year.

Tipped off by Taiwanese police, Indonesian police intercepted a record 1 tonne haul of crystal methamphetamine imported from China during a raid in Anyer Beach, west of Jakarta, on July 13 last year.

During the operation, Indonesian police killed a Taiwanese man alleged to be the kingpin of the drug ring, after he refused to surrender, and arrested three others, identified as Chen Wei-cyuan (陳威全), Liao Guan-yu (廖冠宇) and Hsu Yung-li (徐勇立).

Five more Taiwanese were on July 15 arrested by Indonesian police in connection with the case.

Full story here.

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Indonesia Seeks Imminent Resumption of Executions

March 21, 2016 at 2:26 am (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, Human Rights, Indonesia, Uncategorized)

Third Wave of Executions to Be Realized Soon: Indonesian AGO

Cilacap, gateway to Nusakam Bangan island
Cilacap, gateway to Nusakam Bangan island, where Indonesia
carries out its executions by firing squad.

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said that a number of drug convicts would face the third wave of executions soon.

Read more: http://deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com/2016/03/third-wave-of-executions-to-be-realized.html#ixzz43V5aCs00

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Last chance actions against the death penalty in Indonesia

April 27, 2015 at 12:03 am (Amnesty International, Andrew Chan, Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, Indonesia, Myuran Sukumaran, petitions, Take Action, Uncategorized) (, )

Now that word has been hannded down that 9 prisoners, including Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be executed as soon as Tuesday night.

We still have a chance to make our opposition known and to save the lives of these people and the fifty others facing the death penalty in Indonesia this year.

Since the executions resumed in January, there have been significant breakthroughs in the campaign in Indonesia – Garuda Air, the national airline, has refused to transport prisoners to the site of their executions, senior government figures and allies have started to speak out and the prospect of a future moratorium on capital punishment has been raised.

We are making a difference, and it is not yet too late to save these lives.

Please join us at today’s rally

St Stephen’s Cathedral, 249 Elizabeth St in Brisbane

11am Monday 27th


Please come along if you can, and spread the word to everyone you can, through every avenue you have. Twitter hashtags are #keephopealive #istandformercy

Amnesty action page – http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/36419/

Mercy Campaign petition – http://www.mercycampaign.org/

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I witnessed Ohio’s execution of Dennis McGuire. What I saw was inhumane – from The Guardian

January 23, 2014 at 5:17 am (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, Human Rights, Uncategorized, United States) (, , )

I don’t know how any objective observer could come up with any conclusion other than that injection was an evil way to go

theguardian.com,              Thursday 23 January 2014 05.51 AEST

The last time I celebrated mass with Dennis McGuire, who was executed by the state of Ohio last week using an experimental two-drug concoction, it was the feast of the epiphany that marks the bringing of gifts to the newborn Jesus by the magi.

McGuire was one of just over a dozen Catholics among Ohio’s 147 death row inmates who come to mass weekly in Chillicothe Correctional Institution. As part of the sacrament of anointing, I asked the others to pass by and lay hands on McGuire as a way of giving our brother back to the Lord as a symbolic gift. When I turned round to face them with the oils, I found the other 12 standing around him, surrounding him as though they were offering him back to the Lord. Tears were streaming down McGuire’s face. That was the first time I’d ever seen him show physical signs of emotion.

I first began to visit Mcguire in November. He told me about the evil act he had committed, the murder in 1989 of a young woman Joy Stewart who was pregnant and whose unborn child also died. He confessed his sin to me, and expressed sorrow for what he had done. I said he should pray for forgiveness from the woman he had killed, and from that unborn child, and over the course of the final eight weeks, I know that he did. Read the rest of this entry »

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Georgia presses US supreme court to overturn Warren Hill’s stay of execution – the Guardian

February 21, 2013 at 12:45 am (Capital Punishment, execution, Foreign News, Uncategorized, United States) (, , )

State claims mentally disabled prisoner is not entitled to a stay, since his arguments have already been rejected in lower courts

The state of Georgia has applied to the US supreme court to overturn a stay of execution for Warren Hill, the intellectually disabled prisoner who came within half an hour of being put to death on Tuesday night.

Georgia’s attorney general has filed a petition with the highest court in the US, arguing that Hill is not entitled to a stay of execution, because of the fact that he has exhausted all legal remedies. The petition states that his lawyer’s argument that the prisoner is “mentally retarded” is not new, and has been rejected by previous courts.

In a riposte to the supreme court, Hill’s attorney Brian Jammer countered that the appeal is indeed based on new evidence – the decision of three doctors to change their testimony that has transformed the case.

It now remains to be seen whether the nine justices of the supreme court wish to become embroiled in this particular challenge. In similar cases, the court has wished to remain above the legal fray, leaving the argument to be fought out by the lower courts.

Georgia has until 26 February to execute Hill, after which deadline it will have to apply for a new death warrant. That may help explain its urgency in trying to overturn the stay.

Full story here.

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British woman receives death sentence in Indonesia for drug smuggling

January 24, 2013 at 12:03 am (Capital Punishment, Conviction, Foreign News, Indonesia) ()

From The Guardian –

Briton Lindsay Sandiford sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking

Grandmother from Redcar was arrested in May after Bali police said they found £1.6m-worth of cocaine in her suitcase

A British woman has been sentenced to death after attempting to smuggle £1.6m-worth of cocaine into Bali.

Lindsay Sandiford, a 56-year-old grandmother, originally from Redcar in Teesside, was arrested for drug trafficking in May last year after local police said they found almost 5kg of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase.

There were gasps of surprise in Denpasar district court as the sentence was handed down; the prosecution had sought a 15-year prison term, not the death penalty, but the judge ruled that Sandiford’s attempted crime had damaged Bali’s image.

Sandiford wept as judges handed down the sentence, covering her face with a scarf as she left the courtroom to return to prison. She earlier told the court she was forced into taking the drugs into the country by gangsters who were threatening to hurt one of her children, saying “the lives of my children were in danger”.

Full story here.

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Stop the Execution of Mark Stroman – from Amnesty International

July 2, 2011 at 8:25 am (Amnesty International, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News) (, , )

Mark Stroman is scheduled to be executed on July 20 for killing Indian immigrant Vasudev Patel in a series of shootings of people he believed to be Middle Eastern after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

One of his intended victims, Rais Bhuiyan, survived and opposes the execution.

Join Rais in taking a stand against the perpetuation of the cycle of violence by taking action to stop the execution. Read More »

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Chan holding up after failed appeal – from the ABC

June 19, 2011 at 9:46 am (Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, Indonesia) (, )

By Helen Brown in Bali and staff

Friends of Bali Nine inmate Andrew Chan say he is holding up well after learning his bid for a reprieve from the death penalty has been rejected.

Chan’s girlfriend was one of several shocked visitors to see the Australian this morning.

Chan has been on death row in Bali’s Kerobokan jail for more than five years now.

His girlfriend was too distressed to talk, but Melbourne-based friend Sally Warhaft, who spent three hours with him in the prison’s cramped visitor’s facility, says Chan’s biggest concern is for his family.

“I know his parents and I know how incredibly painful [it is] for Andrew… what they’re going through,” she said.

Full story here.

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America Losing The Urge To Kill – from The Age

February 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, United States) (, )

Simon Mann, Washington
February 12, 2011

Last year, 46 people were executed in America, less than half the number in 1999, the peak year since the US Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.

”The death penalty is putting millions [of dollars] into getting one execution per state per year, if that,” says Richard Dieter, of the Death Penalty Information Centre. ”It’s just totally symbolic, totally political and that’s an expensive thing to keep operating just because it plays well in sound bites.”

Full story here.

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