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  • Sep 16, 2014
  • Updated: 10:46pm

Death Penalty

The executioner who has had a change of heart

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

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 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 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

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

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

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'

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