Feb 1, 2016

China punishes 27 officials over teen's wrongful execution

Twenty-seven officials in China have been “penalized” for the wrongful execution of a teenager 20 years ago, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday. Hugjiltu was 18 in 1996 when he was sentenced and put to death for the rape and murder of a ...

Three sentenced to death for gang-rape, murder in India

Jan 31, 2016

Three sentenced to death for gang-rape, murder in India

Three men were sentenced to death Saturday by an Indian court for the gang-rape and murder of a student, in a case that sparked outrage over women’s safety. A further three defendants were given life sentences for the gang-rape of the victim. The court ...

Jan 3, 2016

Riyadh accuses Tehran of sponsoring terrorism

As a diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia and Iran escalated Saturday over the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric Riyadh accused Tehran of sponsoring terrorism and undermining regional stability. “The Iranian regime is the last regime in the world that could accuse others ...

Executed Saudi cleric al-Nimr seen as influential Shiite advocate

Jan 3, 2016

Executed Saudi cleric al-Nimr seen as influential Shiite advocate

Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr, executed in Saudi Arabia Saturday, was a charismatic religious leader who delivered fiery speeches demanding more rights for his minority in the Sunni-ruled kingdom. He was a driving force of the protests that broke out in 2011 in the ...

Obama eyes overhaul of criminal justice system

Nov 27, 2015

Obama eyes overhaul of criminal justice system

President Barack Obama is making a hard case for overhauling the U.S. criminal justice system, but where he stands on the death penalty is unclear. Obama has hinted that his support for capital punishment is eroding, but he has refused to discuss what he ...

Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders over 1971 war crimes

Nov 22, 2015

Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders over 1971 war crimes

Bangladesh executed two influential opposition leaders on charges of war crimes during the country’s 1971 independence war, a senior jail official said Sunday, despite concerns that the legal proceedings against them were flawed and threats of violence by their supporters. Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader ...