And the NY Times frets.
And the NY Times frets.
Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s top executioners, though crucifixions — in which the condemned is usually beheaded and then the body put on display — are rare.
In other words, they will be just a little more sharia compliant.
Joshua Salovich was charged with capital murder, meaning he could face the death penalty, and held without bail. Detectives testified in an initial court appearance that the 25-year-old boxer-in-training beat toddler Bailey Salovich at maximum force with a bamboo rod, a cellphone cord and his hands.
The man, reportedly in his 20s, was deemed ‘insane’ by his lawyers because he was using drugs and alcohol when he committed blasphemy.
To radical Islamist groups, Islam is not a religion which all are free to pursue; it is a weapon. It is the most powerful tool that can be wielded with manipulative skill to control entire populations. Beneath their fierce rule, every aspect of daily life is dictated. What is worn, what is eaten, what you say and what you write are all scrutinized; violations of these stringent laws are met with extreme punishments. Can you imagine making a joke and facing death as a result? Can you imagine the constant fear of doing the wrong thing, saying the wrong thing, when you have seen people beaten, stoned, or killed in the street for nothing more than a mild transgression?
Okay, okay, I know Ace isn’t everyone’s current favorite, but this deserves a post.
Wrath. How to survive after the death of a child? Worse, of two children? Wrath is necessary, Aristotle tells us: “One cannot win anything without it, if it doesn’t fill the soul, if it doesn’t warm the heart: it must then serve us, not as a master, but as a soldier.”
Driven by this struggle, the parents of two children murdered on 13 November have addressed a letter to the president of the Republic of which Le Figaro has gotten a copy. To Francis Hollande, they explain that if their children had lost their life, it was due to their “jihadist friends.” Therefore, they refuse henceforth to pay their taxes “which serve to defend the killers of our children through the intermediary of the funds guaranteed to hire their lawyers, and for their upkeep as well as that of their ilk on French soil, our Fatherland!”
They have so advised their tax collection center and placed their money in an blocked account.
The trial in India’s notoriously slow justice system lasted more than seven years. It concluded in August last year, but Judge Yatin D. Shinde took one year to write the verdict.
He found 12 defendants guilty of murder and criminal conspiracy charges and acquitted one person for lack of evidence. Shinde said he would announce the sentence on Monday after hearing arguments from the prosecutors and defence attorneys. They face the death penalty or life in prison.
South Carolina will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, who is charged with the June murders of nine black worshippers at a Charleston church, a state prosecutor said on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Roof, who is white, has been accused of gunning down his victims, members of a Bible study group at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, because it was a nationally known historically black church.
“This was the ultimate crime and justice from our state calls for the ultimate punishment,” Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said at a news conference.
She acknowledged that many of the victims’ relatives had spoken of a willingness to forgive Roof during his first court appearance.
“Forgiveness does not necessarily mean foregoing consequences, even severe consequences,” she said.
Andy Savage, a Charleston attorney for some of the victims families as well as three survivors, said that while his clients are not advocates of the death penalty, “at the same time they recognize that the needs of the state are different.”
She said some of the victims’ families did not believe in the death penalty for religious reasons, and others felt it was too easy, there were still others that felt it was appropriate punishment. Wilson said all had shown respect for her decision.
The death penalty decision could determine how Roof pleads. He has not entered a plea so far in the state’s murder case.
Boston is often a crucible for political hyperbole, an urban pulpit for progressive rhetoric from the likes of Tip O’Neill, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Bernard Law, Ben Affleck, and now Carmen Ortiz. Cardinal Law, you may recall, is the Boston archbishop who protected priestly pedophiles for years and then fled to sanctuary in Rome to avoid the Press and Massachusetts law. Cardinal Law (sic) is now another prince of Church irony as he sits on the Vatican committee that selects new bishops for Pope Francis.
Justice Massachusetts style coughed up another hairball on 15 May; Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Muslim Chechen terrorist who, along with his brother, detonated two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013. The older brother was killed by police, the younger Tsaranev is now a convict consigned to death row. Dzhokhar’s trial was speedy. His death may come from old age…
IN THE early hours of April 29th, Indonesia executed eight convicted drug traffickers. Seven of the eight were foreigners: two Australians, a Brazilian, a Filipina and four Nigerians. The sentences have provoked outrage from the prisoners’ home countries, none of which hands down the death penalty to drug offenders. Brazil and the Netherlands had already withdrawn their ambassadors, following an earlier round of executions in January. Indonesia is rare in executing drug smugglers, who in most of the world are condemned only to long stretches in prison. Where else does trafficking earn a death sentence?
Thirty-two countries, plus Gaza, have the death penalty for drug smuggling, according to Harm Reduction International (HRI), a drug-focused NGO. All but four (America, Cuba, Sudan and South Sudan) are in Asia or the Middle East. But in most of them executions are extremely rare.
Fourteen, including America and Cuba, have the death penalty on the books for drug traffickers but do not apply it in practice. Only in six countries—China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore—are drug offenders known to be routinely executed, according to HRI’s most recent analysis. (Indonesia will soon join this list, following its recent executions.) In Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, South Sudan and Syria the data are murky.
Despite prolonged efforts by human rights organizations, six Sunni men were hanged in the early morning of March 4, 2015 at Rajai Shahr Prison in Iran.
Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molai, Jamshid Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, Sedigh Mohammadi and Seyed Hadi Hosseini all belonged to the Sunni sect of Islam, which is much persecuted by the mostly Shi’a Islamic Republic of Iran.
A French National Gendarmerie car drives past the road sign at the entry of Le Bosc-Roger-en-Roumois, northern France, November 17, 2014. France said on Monday there was a very strong likelihood that an Islamic State militant who appears on a beheading video released by the group at the weekend was a 22-year-old French citizen. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer
(Reuters) – French authorities have identified a second French militant who appears on a beheading video released by Islamic State (IS) at the weekend, a state prosecutor said on Wednesday.
Officials said on Monday that one of the men shown herding prisoners to their execution was Maxime Hauchard, a Frenchman Muslim convert who left for Syria in 2013.
In a statement, the state prosecutor said that a second Frenchman, Mickael Dos Santos – a 22-year-old man from a town east of Paris who converted to Islam and left for Syria in August 2013 – had been identified.
“In addition to Maxime Hauchard, precise and consistent clues have been collected during an investigation which allow us to identify the presence of a second Frenchman: Mickael Dos Santos,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Thousands of Western volunteers have joined Islamic State, which has captured large parts of Syria and Iraq. More than 1,130 French citizens are involved in jihadi cells linked to the two countries, of which 376 nationals are in the region.
The second Frenchman was known to intelligence services but had no criminal record, the prosecutor’s office said.
The 15-minute video posted online shows the decapitations of 18 men who Islamic State said were pilots and officers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as well as the severed head of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig…
(Photo: Mass hanging in Iran. Source.)
At least 850 people have been executed in Iran in the past 15 months as part of a worsening human rights situation under reformist President Hassan Rouhani, a UN official said Monday.
Ahmed Shaheed, the rights rapporteur for Iran, described a “surge in executions,” giving Iran the world’s highest death-penalty rate per capita.
“The range of capital crimes is shocking,” Shaheed told journalists. “We have seen a person executed for making a donation to a foreign organization”…
BAGHDAD — Militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) publicly killed a rights lawyer in the Iraqi city of Mosul after their self-styled Islamic court ruled that she had abandoned Islam, the UN mission in Iraq said Thursday.
Samira Salih al-Nuaimi was seized from her home on Sept. 17 after allegedly posting messages on Facebook that were critical of the militants’ destruction of religious sites in Mosul.
According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, al-Nuaimi was tried in a so-called “Sharia court” for apostasy, after which she was tortured for five days before the militants sentenced her to “public execution.”
She was killed on Monday, the UN mission said. Her Facebook page appears to have been removed since her death….