Death sentence

US jurors can't agree on death sentence for Jodi Arias

Jodi Arias

A jury in the US state of Arizona failed to reach a unanimous verdict on whether former waitress Jodi Arias should be put to death for the murder of her ex-boyfriend. The judge ordered a rerun of the sentencing phase of the trial.

Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 3:34am

Iran hangs two over spying for Israel, US

Mohammad Heydari was convicted of "receiving payment to provide intelligence on various security issues and national secrets in repeated meetings with the Mossad", Israel's intelligence agency, a statement said.

20 May 2013 - 6:44am

New Delhi court upholds death sentence on 1993 car bomber

New Delhi court upholds death sentence on 1993 car bomber

Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar from northwestern Punjab, who was convicted over a New Delhi car bombing that killed nine people in 1993, had appealed for his sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment on the grounds that he had spent two decades on death row.

13 Apr 2013 - 4:38am

Singapore drug trafficker avoids death sentence

A heroin smuggler has become the first convicted drug trafficker in Singapore to avoid a death sentence following reforms in the application of capital punishment, officials said yesterday.

12 Apr 2013 - 2:34am

Egypt confirms death sentences for football riot

Al-Ahly fans celebrate and shout slogans after hearing final verdict of Port Said massacre in Cairo. Photo: Reuters

An Egyptian court on Saturday upheld death sentences for 21 defendants over a deadly football riot in Port Said, in a case that has already sparked widespread violence and threats of further unrest.

9 Mar 2013 - 7:52pm

Wu Ying appeals to Supreme Court to overturn death sentence for fraud

Wu Ying

Wu Ying, the self-made billionaire convicted of defrauding investors in a 770 million yuan (HK$956 million) scheme, has appealed to the Supreme People's Court to overturn her death sentence.

23 Feb 2013 - 4:47am

Briefs, February 12, 2013

Three people have so far died in clashes that erupted in Kashmir after parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru was executed in New Delhi. Photo: EPA

A British grandmother sentenced to death by firing squad for trafficking drugs into Indonesia lodged an appeal to the High Court. 

12 Feb 2013 - 7:07am

Li Yan one of thousands facing death or jail as abuse victims denied justice

Earlier intervention may have prevented Li Yan from killing her husband, women's rights groups say. Photo: SCMP

Li was sentenced to death in August 2011 for murdering her husband. Since the Supreme People's Court in Beijing approved her death sentence last month, hundreds have signed a petition to call for a halt of the execution.

3 Feb 2013 - 6:19am

Harsh ruling over Egyptian soccer riot a cause for joy

Relatives of a football fan who died in last year’s riot react in a Cairo court, after the judge ordered the execution of 21 defendants over the bloody incident in Port Said. Photo: Xinhua

After a Cairo court sentenced 21 Egyptian soccer fans and club members to death over a deadly riot following a soccer match last year in Port Said, relatives of the victims ululated, hugged and shouted Allahu akbar (God is great).

27 Jan 2013 - 7:03am

Indonesian court gives death to cocaine-smuggling British grandmother

Briton Lindsay Sandiford covers her face with a scarf yesterday as she walks from a cell to court to hear the judges' verdict. Photo: AFP

An Indonesian court yesterday sentenced a 56-year-old British grandmother to death for smuggling cocaine into the resort island of Bali.

Lindsay Sandiford sobbed as the verdict was delivered. The sentence stunned her defence team, as the prosecution had recommended a lenient punishment of just 15 years imprisonment.

23 Jan 2013 - 2:34am

Briefs, December 30, 2012

Relatives of cough syrup victims collect the bodies. Photo: EPA

Pakistan briefly unblocked access to YouTube yesterday before Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf ordered the plug be pulled again. Ashraf had in September blocked the website after it refused to heed the government's call to remove a controversial anti-Islam video.

30 Dec 2012 - 6:35am

Briefs, December 23, 2012

An anthology of 100 bamboo-themed Chinese poems has been published that features a foreword and a poem by former president Jiang Zemin.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

China Digest, December 20, 2012

A 17-year-old waitress was given a suspended sentence of three years in prison for drowning her newborn boy in a Haidian district toilet, the Beijing Morning Post reports.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

China Digest, December 13, 2012

Following the incident last week in which a man run over by a truck died in an ambulance that became stuck in traffic, the Beijing Emergency Medical Centre said it would work more closely with the city's traffic authorities to avoid similar problems, Beijing Daily reports.

13 Dec 2012 - 4:28am

Drug mules no longer bound to die

Human rights activists are applauding Singapore's decision this week to abolish the mandatory death sentence for low-level drug couriers, giving fresh hope to dozens of inmates awaiting execution.

17 Nov 2012 - 1:24am