death penalty

Death sentences handed to two high-ranking officials in China

Two senior Chinese officials were sentenced to death on Friday, making them the latest targets in an ongoing campaign against corruption among public officials.

Japan hangs murderer in 17th execution under current prime minister

Japan executed a man on death row early Friday in the first death sentence carried out since March, the government said.

Death penalty wins in California, Nebraska, Oklahoma

Three US states voted in favour of the death penalty, as California voters upheld executions, Oklahoma strengthened its capital punishment laws and Nebraska reversed a law abolishing it, according...

Pakistani court stays execution of man suffering from schizophrenia

Pakistan's top court on Monday decided to stay the execution of a man suffering from schizophrenia scheduled for Wednesday, the man's counsel, Syed Iqbal Ali Shah Gilani, told dpa.

Erdogan: Turkey will propose law to bring back death penalty

The Turkish government will "soon" propose a draft bill to parliament to reinstate the death penalty, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday in a televised speech from Ankara.

Pakistan top court rules schizophrenics can be executed

Pakistan's Supreme Court has ruled that schizophrenia is not categorized as a mental illness, meaning the appeal of a death row prisoner suffering from the disorder is effectively denied, reported...

Saudi Arabia executes royal prince for murder

A prince from the Saudi royal family was executed on Tuesday for murdering a man during a brawl in the capital Riyadh, the Interior Ministry announced.

Pakistan to hang mentally ill man for murder

Pakistan's Supreme Court dismissed an appeal to stop the hanging of a death row prisoner diagnosed with a mental illness, officials said Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia executes Ethiopian maid for killing child

Saudi authorities on Monday executed an Ethiopian housemaid convicted of killing the child of her employer more than three years ago, the Interior Ministry said.

Japan's bar federation to push for abolition of death penalty

Japan's bar federation will for the first time call for the abolition of the death penalty, local media reported Wednesday.

Bangladesh hangs Islamic party leader for 1971 war crimes

A senior Islamist party politician was hanged in Bangladesh for crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan, an official said.

Erdogan renews calls for death penalty at mass rally in Istanbul

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed calls for the reintroduction of the death penalty at a massive rally of hundreds of thousands of people in Istanbul on Sunday to protest last month's...

Iran defends mass execution, hits back at criticism from West

Iran defended its mass execution of criminals as a means of tackling terrorism on Saturday, days after 20 men described as members of an extremist and criminal Sunni group were hanged in a single...

Iran executes 20 criminals in mass hanging

Twenty criminals were hanged in a single day this week in western Iran, local media reported Thursday.

Erdogan: I will approve death penalty if it comes from parliament

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that if parliament passes a measure to reinstate the death penalty, in the wake of the failed coup, he will sign it into law.