Death Penalty

The executioner who has had a change of heart

Jerry Givens

As the executioner for the US state of Virginia, Jerry Givens put to death 62 people, but after he ended up in jail himself for a crime he says he did not commit, he has become an outspoken opponent of capital punishment.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 3:47am

Man sentenced to death over vengeful arson attack

Lin Binwei confessed to setting the fire on February 23 in revenge against a man he thought was having an affair with his girlfriend. Eight people were killed in the attack.

9 Jun 2013 - 12:53pm

British woman arrested in Indonesia over trafficking of drugs from China

Lindsay Sandiford of Britain. Another British woman may also face death in Indonesia for drugs. PHoto: AFP

A British woman could face the death penalty in Indonesia after being arrested for allegedly smuggling crystal methamphetamine into the country from China, an official said.

19 May 2013 - 8:05am

Papua New Guinea in push to revive death penalty

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. Photo: AFP

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has announced a renewed push for the death penalty, and life sentences for rape, saying that "draconian" penalties were needed to tackle violent crime.

2 May 2013 - 5:10am

India’s top court rejects challenge to death sentence

India’s Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of a Sikh militant, rejecting his appeal in a ruling that could lead to more death sentences being carried out. Photo: Reuters

India’s Supreme Court on Friday cleared the way for the execution of a Sikh militant, rejecting his appeal in a ruling that could lead to more death sentences being carried out.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:59pm

Talking points

Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting

The academic behind plans for an Occupy Central pro-democracy campaign in summer fleshes out his proposal. Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting, an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, floated the idea of rallying 10,000 campaigners to press the central government to keep its pledge to introduce universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election. 

27 Mar 2013 - 3:09am

Yudhoyono's hypocrisy in U-turn on death penalty

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, left, talks to his Foreign Minister Marti Natalegawa at the Presidential Palace backyard in Jakarta on March 20, 2013. Photo: AFP

Indonesia's execution this month of narcotics convict Adami Wilson further tarnishes President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's human rights record. It reflects hypocrisy on the part of Yudhoyono, whose government continues to advocate for all Indonesians facing possible execution abroad.

27 Mar 2013 - 11:26am

Japan's LDP 'playing politics' with death penalty

Shoko Asahara in 1995, after he planned the Tokyo nerve gas attack. Photo: AP

It was shortly after dawn on February 21 when Kaoru Kobayashi was informed that it was to be his last day alive. Officers at the Osaka Detention Centre told the former newspaper delivery man that the justice minister had signed the paperwork to allow his execution to go ahead.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:48am

CCTV 'to broadcast live execution of Mekong River massacre drug smugglers'

Screen capture of a February 28 CCTV story on the planned live broadcast.

UPDATED at 2.50pm: The four have been shown on live TV being transported to their place of execution.

1 Mar 2013 - 2:54pm 5 comments

Top prosecution body to add second review of death penalty sentences

Legal expert He Weifang expects the main outcome will be fewer instances of wrongful death executions.

26 Feb 2013 - 8:32am

India set to introduce death penalty in some rape cases

An Indian shouts slogans as others enact a mock hanging during a recent protest demanding the death penalty for six men accused of a fatal gang rape in New Delhi

India’s cabinet has approved harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, after a brutal gang-rape in New Delhi that sparked national outrage.

2 Feb 2013 - 6:59pm

Briefs, January 31, 2013

A shop in Champs-Elysees Avenue is lit up. Photo: Xinhua

French shops and office buildings will have to turn off their lights at night to save energy and reduce light pollution, the French environment ministry said. From July 1, all non-residential buildings will have to switch off interior lights one hour after the last worker leaves the premises.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:38am

Outcry over Sichuan woman's death sentence for killing abusive husband

More than 400 lawyers and women's rights activists have sent a petition letter to the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate calling for the reversal of a death sentence that was handed down to a Sichuan woman who killed her husband after suffering months of domestic violence.

30 Jan 2013 - 5:05am 1 comment

Death penalty for some for Egypt soccer violence

An Egyptian court has handed down death sentences for 21 people accused of taking part in soccer violence last year that killed 74.

In the courtroom, families of the deceased wailed in disbelief and raised their hands in the air shouting “Allahu Akbar”, Arabic for God is great.

26 Jan 2013 - 8:05pm

South Korea top court rejects death penalty for Chinese national

South Korea’s top court on Wednesday rejected arguments for reinstating the death sentence imposed on a Chinese national convicted of a gruesome murder that shocked the country.

Wu Yuanchun, an ethnic Korean, was originally sentenced to death for the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 28-year-old woman in the southern city of Suwon in April, last year.

16 Jan 2013 - 2:57pm