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Year 17 - n. 4 - 04-02-2017

In this issue:

1. Top story: SRI LANKA: PRESIDENT COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCES OF 60 INMATES TO LIFE
2. Newsflash: IRAN: EIGHT PRISONERS HANGED, INCLUDING TWO MINORS
3. Newsflash: MISSOURI (USA): MARK CHRISTESON EXECUTED
4. Newsflash: EGYPT: GIZA CRIMINAL COURT HANDS DEATH PENALTY TO 2 MEMBERS OF AL-WARRAQ TERRORIST CELL
5. Newsflash: NIGERIA: LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR AMBODE APPROVES DEATH PENALTY FOR KIDNAPPERS
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SRI LANKA: PRESIDENT COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCES OF 60 INMATES TO LIFE
February 2nd, 2017: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to commute the sentences of 60 prisoners in death row to life sentences prisoners on account of the 69th Independence Day on February 04.

President Sirisena has taken the decision to spare the lives of the prisoners based on the recommendations made by a Committee appointed by the Ministry of Justice and headed by retired Supreme Court Judge Nimal Dissanayake.
The Committee was appointed to review and report whether the death sentences on death row prisoners should be commuted to life imprisonment. Accordingly, the Committee has recommended commuting the sentences of 60 prisoners to life imprisonment effective from February 04.
The death row convicts will be considered for parole only after they served a minimum sentence of 20 years and their pleas for any relief will be referred to the parole board once in four years after that.
Although Sri Lankan courts give death penalty in serious crimes such as murder, rape and drug trafficking, no executions have been carried out since 1976.
(Sources: ColomboPage News Desk, 02/02/2017)
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IRAN: EIGHT PRISONERS HANGED, INCLUDING TWO MINORS
February 3, 2017: Eight prisoners, including two minors, were executed in Iran in recent days, Iran Human Rights agency reported.
On January 15, a juvenile prisoner who was convicted of murder at the age of 16, was executed in Kerman (southeastern Iran).
"Arman Bahr Asemani, born February 10, 1997, convicted in November 2012 of murdering his cousin, was hanged at Kerman's Shahab Prison," a close source tells Iran Human Rights.
"Bahr Asemani, who was 20 years old at the time of his execution, had also been condemned to 74 lashings on the charge of consumption of alcohol. Hs lawyer had attempted to argue that if [Arman] was drunk, then he should not have been charged with first degree murder, but the lawyer never got anywhere," says the close source.
Another juvenile prisoner was hanged on January 18 at Tabriz Prison, the human rights news agency HRANA reported.
The prisoner, identified as Hassan Hassanzadeh, was reportedly around 15 years old when he was convicted of murder. He was reportedly jailed for about two and a half years before he was executed at the age of 18.
On January 28, two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Lakan, Rasht's central Prison.
According to a report by the Iranian state-run news agency IRIB, the two prisoners at Rasht's central prison were hanged on drug related charges.
The report identifies the prisoners as "R.Z.", 26 years old, and "M.A.", 39 years old.
R.Z. was reportedly sentenced to death on the charge of trafficking one kilogram of crystal meth and M.A. was reportedly sentenced to death on the charge of buying and selling three kilograms of heroin.
On January 29, a total of four prisoners were hanged in public in Mashhad and Bandar Abbas.
IRIB reports on two unidentified prisoners who were executed in public in Bandar Abbas.
The prisoners were reportedly 26 and 22 years old and their charges include two counts of rape, abduction, and assault & battery.
The Iranian state-run news agency, Mizan, which is tied to Iran's Judiciary, reported on the execution of two prisoners which were both carried out in public in Mashhad.
The prisoners were reportedly sentenced to death on the charge of Moharebeh (enmity against God) through armed robbery and creating a state of fear & terror.
According to Mizan, in 2014, the two prisoners were involved in an armed robbery in which they fired shots while fleeing the scene of the crime and caused injuries.
(Sources: Iran Human Rights, 29/01/2017; 01/02/2017)
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MISSOURI (USA): MARK CHRISTESON EXECUTED
January 31, 2017: Mark Christeson, 37, White, was executed.
He was convicted of the February 1, 1998 murders of Susan Brouk, 36, White, and her 2 children, Adria, 12, and Kyle, 9, and sentenced to death on October 14, 1999.
Court documents show Christeson was 18-years-old at the time decided to run away with his 17-year-old cousin Jessie Carter.
The police account contended the duo entered Brouk's home and started to tie up the children. Christeson then forced Susan Brouk into her daughter's bedroom at gunpoint and raped her.
The duo then forced Brouk and her children to a pond where Brouk and her son's throats were cut. All 3 were thrown into the pond. The duo was caught in California. Carter eventually testified against his cousin and is serving a life sentence without parole.
Christeson was scheduled to be executed in 2014 but won an appeal. His attorney argued Christeson did not have adequate legal representation because his lawyer missed a simple deadline to file a federal appeal.
Christeson becomes the 1st inmate to be put to death this year in Missouri and the 88th overall since the state resumed capital punishment in 1989. Christeson becomes the 4th inmate to be put to death this year int he USA and the 1446th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977.
(Sources: KTVI & Rick Halperin, 31/01/2017)
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EGYPT: GIZA CRIMINAL COURT HANDS DEATH PENALTY TO 2 MEMBERS OF AL-WARRAQ TERRORIST CELL
February 1st, 2017: The Giza Criminal Court sentenced two defendants from the Al-Warraq terrorist cell to death. Two other members were sentenced to five years in prison and one defendant was acquitted of all charges. All of the defendants faced charges of targeting police officers, public institutions, and killing non-commissioned police officers.
According to the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram, the prosecution authorities addressed the defendants with different charges that included the possession of weapons, killing civilians and police officers, and joining an outlawed terrorist group.
The Al-Warraq terrorist cell arrest operation dates back to 2014 when police forces arrested four people who tried to blow up a police vehicle by planting an improvised explosive device (IED) in Lebanon square in the Giza governorate.
The investigations into the cell indicated that they have executed numerous operations from the seizure of guns affiliated to police officers and the manufacturing of IEDs.
Moreover, Al-Ahram claims they confessed that they had been monitoring Central Security Forces’ stationing points to launch attacks and participated in the organisation of Muslim Brotherhood marches.
(Sources: dailynewsegypt.com, 01/02/2017)
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NIGERIA: LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR AMBODE APPROVES DEATH PENALTY FOR KIDNAPPERS
February 1, 2017: Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode signed the anti-kidnapping bill recently passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly into law.
The Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping Law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment on kidnapping for ransom, however, should the kidnapped victim die in the custody of the kidnappers, the law also stipulates that the suspect is liable on conviction to death.
Governor Ambode noted that the law had become necessary following the increase in kidnapping in the state, adding that the state government was also putting in place appropriate measures particularly in the schools and other vulnerable targets to prevent kidnapping and other security breaches.
“Security is of utmost importance to our administration and we are confident that this law will serve as a deterrent to anybody who may desire to engage in this wicked act within the boundaries of Lagos”, he said. (Sources: 360nobs.com, 02/02/2017)
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