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Chinese court sentences Canadian drug suspect to death

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'The court completely rejects the accused person's explanation and defense because it is completely at odds with the facts,' says the chief judge

Chinese police patrol in front of the Canadian embassy in Beijing on December 14, 2018. China confirmed on December 13 that two Canadians are under investigation on suspicion of endangering the country's national security, fuelling tensions after Canada's arrest of a top Chinese telecom executive on a US request. GREG BAKER / AFP

Indonesian cleric sentenced to death over 2016 terror attack

Jun 22, 2018 - 2:02 PM

'[The defendant] has been proven to have committed a criminal act of terrorism,' says judge Akhmad Jaini, who also cites Aman Abdurrahman's involvement in other attacks for handing down the death penalty

GUILTY. Indonesian anti-terror police officers escort Aman Abdurrahman (C), who masterminded a 2016 gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta that left 4 attackers and 4 civilians dead, after hearing the judges' verdict at a South Jakarta court in Jakarta on June 22, 2018. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

DFA on Demafelis, Akbayan Youth files complaint vs Uson, Kim Jong-un attends concert | Evening wRap

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:36 PM

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Philippines hails death sentence vs Demafelis killers

Apr 02, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano calls this 'a very important development in our quest for justice' for Joanna Demafelis, who was found dead in Kuwait

OFW'S REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down upon seeing the crate containing her sister's body as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

OFW Jennifer Dalquez saved from death row in UAE

Jun 20, 2017 - 10:17 AM

3rd UPDATE While acquitted of murder OFW Jennifer Dalquez was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for stealing a mobile phone the DFA says

OFW SAVED. Overseas Filipino worker Jennifer Dalquez, 30, is saved from the death row after a UAE court acquits her of murder. Photo courtesy of Migrante

Migrante asks Duterte to seek clemency for OFWs on death row

Apr 12, 2017 - 5:12 PM

Migrante International launches ClemencyPH to urge Philipine President Rodrigo Duterte to save the lives of all overseas Filipino workers on death row

CLEMENCY. Migrante International calls on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to seek clemency for all overseas Filipino workers on death row.

TIMELINE: Jennifer Dalquez's journey to death row and acquittal

Mar 31, 2017 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Foreign Affairs confirms in a statement that Jennifer will be released from prison and repatriated back to the Philippines in November 2018, or more than a year after her acquittal

DFA hopes new evidence will save Jennifer Dalquez

Mar 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The government says they are already doing everything they can to overturn a UAE court s death sentence on OFW Jennifer Dalquez

Kuwait sentences parents to death for killing toddler

Jan 02, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Kuwait s interior ministry says the parents were drug addicts

Egypt court overturns Morsi death sentence

Nov 15, 2016 - 10:54 PM

The decision is a first victory for the 65 year old who has been convicted and sentenced in all cases against him since being toppled by then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al Sisi

A file picture taken on June 2, 2015 shows ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi gesturing from the defendants cage as he attends his trial at the police academy on the outskirts of the capital Cairo. An Egyptian appeals court has overturned a death sentence handed down against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in one of several trials since his 2013 overthrow, a judicial official said on November 15, 2016. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP

Bangladeshi woman sentenced to death after cutting lover's heart out

Mar 29, 2016 - 6:45 PM

The woman killed her lover after he refused to marry her and kept video footage of them having sexual intercourse

Iran billionaire Zanjani sentenced to death for corruption

Mar 06, 2016 - 11:20 PM

UPDATED 41 year old tycoon Babak Zanjani who has said he is innocent can still file an appeal

epa05197772 A picture made available on 06 March 2016 shows Iranian multibillionaire Babak Zanjani (C) holding documents as he arrives in a court, Tehran, Iran, 01 November 2015. Iranian Attorney General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i said on 06 March 2016 that Iranian multibillionaire Babak Zanjani and two colleagues have been sentenced to death for fraud. Zanjani was accused of secretly selling Iranian oil as part of a criminal gang during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-13) and embezzling billions in profits. EPA/HEMAT KHAHI

Indonesia has no plans for next round of executions

Sep 16, 2015 - 8:26 PM

Indonesian authorities have still not made plans for a new round of executions almost three months after a French drug convict on death row lost an appeal

SPARED. Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, pictured wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, was spared from execution temporarily in April. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Defense appeals death sentence for Egypt's Morsi

Aug 15, 2015 - 7:57 PM

We submitted an appeal to the Court of Cassation to all prisoners sentenced including Morsi says Mohamed Morsi s lawyer

MORSI. Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi stands behind dock bars during a trial session, in Cairo, Egypt, 13 July 2014. Photo by Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

OFW back home after 10 years in Kuwait jail

Jun 25, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Marilou Ranario returns to the Philippines after being sentenced to death in Kuwait in 2005

Pakistan imposes one month moratorium on executions – official

Jun 14, 2015 - 7:26 PM

A moratorium on the death penalty has been in force since 2008 and its end has angered rights activists and alarmed some foreign countries

Morsi verdict alarms US, experts see 'war' on Brotherhood

May 17, 2015 - 8:36 PM

We have consistently spoken out against the practice of mass trials and sentences which are conducted in a manner that is inconsistent with Egypt s international obligations and the rule of law

92 migrant Filipinos on death row; 3,800 jailed

May 06, 2015 - 9:25 AM

The Philippine government is urged to create a special body that looks into victims assistance in cases of Filipinos on death row

DEATH PENALTY. This is the view from inside the Philippines' lethal injection chamber at the National Penitentiary in Manila on Jan 9, 2004. File photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Indonesia informs convicts of execution, Frenchman excluded

Apr 25, 2015 - 9:22 PM

Tony Spontana a spokesman for the attorney general s office does not give a date for the executions but a lawyer for Filipina Mary Jane Veloso says she had been informed she would be put to death on Tuesday April 28

FINAL APPEAL. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso (C) escorted by police officers during an appeal hearing in Yogyakarta on March 3, 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Australia says executions of 2 nationals in Indonesia 'imminent'

Apr 25, 2015 - 8:28 PM

Nothing can be gained and much will be lost if these two young Australians are executed says Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

EXECUTIONS 'IMMINENT.' Australian Andrew Chan (R) and Myuran Sukumaran (L) inside a holding cell as they wait for their final appeal against their death sentence at Denpasar District Court in Bali, Indonesia, on 8 October 2010. Photo by Made Nagi/EPA

Frenchman not included in upcoming batch of executions – Indonesia

Apr 25, 2015 - 8:02 PM

Serge Atlaoui recently lost an appeal to the Indonesian Supreme Court and his legal team have lodged a further legal bid with the State Court but this is viewed as having little chance of success

ON DEATH ROW. French national Serge Areski Atlaoui (R), 51, talks to his lawyer, Nancy Yuliana Sunjoto SH (L) inside the court room during a hearing on his case review application in Tangerang on April 1, 2015. Photo Bagus Indahono/EPA

Rise in Indonesia executions bucks global trend – Amnesty

Apr 25, 2015 - 10:21 AM

The rapid rise in death sentences in 2014 was mainly caused by Egypt and Nigeria where hundreds of Islamists have been convicted in terror cases

'DEATH PENALTY ISN'T JUSTICE.' A woman lights candles in front of Kerobokan prison before Indonesian police transferred the death-row Australian prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran from Kerobokan Prison to Nusakambangan Prison in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, March 4, 2015. File photo by Made Nagi/EPA

Egypt court sentences 11 to death over 2012 football riot

Apr 19, 2015 - 9:14 PM

Two of those sentenced to death are on the run

The fate of Mary Jane Veloso

Apr 02, 2015 - 3:38 PM

The parents of Mary Jane Veloso insist their daughter has been framed

Indonesia drug mule, Licuanan on K-12, Germanwings pilot | The wRap

Mar 31, 2015 - 7:40 PM

Filipina drug mule in Indonesia’s death row was duped Higher education chair Licuanan says extra school years are worth it The Germanwings pilot had suicidal tendencies

Mary Jane Veloso a drug smuggler? Look at our home, parents say

Mar 31, 2015 - 11:22 AM

Mary Jane Veloso s parents recall in anger how their daughter was deceived by a friend

Egypt carries out first hanging over pro-Morsi violence

Mar 07, 2015 - 7:18 PM

Egypt s Mahmoud Ramadan is the first to be executed of those involved in violent clashes in the country

Australians on death row ask Indonesia to let them live

Feb 22, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The Australian prisoners say they have been rehabilitated and have helped set up rehabilitation programs that have benefited Indonesians

BALI NINE. Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan (L) and Myuran Sukumaran (R) the ringleaders of the 'Bali Nine' drug ring, are seen in a holding cell while awaiting court trial in Bali in 2006. Photo by AFP

Pakistan hangs 2 convicted militants

Dec 20, 2014 - 9:05 AM

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif relinquishes the 6 year ban on the death penalty in terror related cases two days after a Taliban school massacre that left 149 people dead

PROTEST AGAINST VIOLENCE. Activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party hold anti-Taliban placards in a protest rally in Karachi on December 19, 2014, against an attack by Taliban militants on an army-run school in Peshawar. Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Egypt upholds death sentences for police murders

Dec 06, 2014 - 9:19 PM

The court confirms preliminary death sentences handed down in October against the 7 men after ratification by the country s mufti or top Muslim cleric

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood chief given new death sentence

Jun 20, 2014 - 12:05 AM

The court is due to meet again on August 3 to give a final ruling

ABSENT. Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and two deputies charged for the murder of protesters in Egypt didn't appear in court. AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Outside autopsy finds failed IV in botched US execution

Jun 14, 2014 - 8:55 AM

Forensic pathologist Joseph Cohen observes bruising and punctures on the arms legs and near the femoral artery indicating multiple failed attempts to set an IV

US death row inmate wants execution taped

May 17, 2014 - 9:07 AM

The execution of Russell Bucklew would be the first execution in the United States since a botched lethal injection last April in Oklahoma

VIDEOTAPED? US death-row inmate Russell Bucklew wants his execution taped to  'raise the curtain on lethal injections'. File photo from the Missouri Department of Corrections

Even the dead are sent to the gallows in Egypt

Apr 29, 2014 - 5:36 AM

Three defendants sentenced by an Egypt court to death – for demonstrating in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi – were already dead on the day of the protest last year

India orders first death sentences for multiple rapes

Apr 04, 2014 - 9:00 PM

UPDATED A loud and clear message needs to be sent to society

RAPE VERDICT. Double gang-rape convict Siraj Rehmat Khan (C) is brought to a police van before taken to court in Mumbai on April 4, 2014. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

US urges Egypt against executions in mass sentencing

Mar 26, 2014 - 6:43 AM

Legal experts said the unprecedented sentences on Monday are likely to be overturned on appeal as the court rushed through the verdict in just two hearings

ON THE LOOKOUT. Egyptian policemen stand guard outside a court during the trial of supporters of toppled president Mohamed Morsi, in Minya, Egypt, March 25, 2014. Photo by EPA

Egypt court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death

Mar 24, 2014 - 5:05 PM

Islamist backers of the ousted Egyptian president are facing a deadly crackdown launched by the military installed authorities since his ouster in July

152 Bangladeshi soldiers sentenced to death over mutiny

Nov 05, 2013 - 10:35 PM

Several of those convicted screamed at the judge in anger: I don t need a life term Hang me hang me

VERDICT. Policemen patrol as Bangladeshi people accused in the 2009 Peelkhana murder case look through the window of a bus. Photo by EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

New Delhi gang rapists sentenced to death

Sep 13, 2013 - 5:25 PM

A judge convicts the men behind a gang rape in New Delhi sentencing them to death

Filipina sentenced to death for drugs in Malaysia

Sep 29, 2012 - 4:56 PM

The high court in Shah Alam just outside Kuala Lumpur handed the sentence to Marivelle Gonzales for trafficking a kilo of drugs mostly heroin into the country 2 years ago

Singapore urged to end all executions

Jul 10, 2012 - 4:05 PM

Singapore eases mandatory death sentences for homicide and drug trafficking