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POPE CHANGES CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHING ON DEATH PENALTY, BRAN
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Year 18 - n. 28 - 04-08-2018

In this issue:

1. Top story: POPE CHANGES CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHING ON DEATH PENALTY, BRANDS IT ‘INADMISSIBLE’ & WANTS ABOLITION
2. Newsflash: DEATH PENALTY: HANDS OFF CAIN, ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY STEP OF POPE FRANCIS
3. Newsflash: GAZA STRIP: TWO DEATH SENTENCES ISSUED AGAINST TWO CIVILIANS
4. Newsflash: PAPUA NEW GUINEA: EIGHT SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR SORCERY KILLINGS
5. Newsflash: NIGERIA: FOUR POLICEMEN TO DIE BY HANGING FOR MURDER
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POPE CHANGES CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHING ON DEATH PENALTY, BRANDS IT ‘INADMISSIBLE’ & WANTS ABOLITION
August 2, 2018: The Roman Catholic Church said that the death penalty is always inadmissible as it “attacks” human dignity, calling for its abolition worldwide.

The statement marks a change in Catholic Church teaching.
For a long time “the death penalty by the legitimate authority after a regular trial was considered an adequate response” to some serious crimes, the statement from the Pope said, as cited by Vatican Radio.
The pontiff argues that a person’s dignity “is not lost even after committing serious crimes.”
Today, more “effective detention systems” are being developed, which guarantee proper defense of citizens, and at the same time allow offenders to redeem themselves.
"The death penalty is inadmissible” because it attacks the “dignity of a person", he concludes.
Previously a Catechism of the Catholic Church had allowed the capital punishment in rare cases.
(Sources: rt.com, 02/08/2018)
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DEATH PENALTY: HANDS OFF CAIN, ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY STEP OF POPE FRANCIS
August 2, 2018: On the reform of the New Catechism on the death penalty, the leaders of Hands Off Cain as well as members of the Radical Party Presidency, Sergio D'Elia, Elisabetta Zamparutti and Rita Bernardini, said:
"It is another very important step by Pope Francis towards the abolition of inhuman and degrading punishments for the affirmation without exception of human dignity. The complete cancellation of the reserve of legitimacy of the death penalty in the most serious cases, albeit rare, still present in the New Catechism, represents a further stage of the evangelical mission of this extraordinary Pontiff.
After the introduction of the crime of torture and the abolition of life imprisonment - a "masked death penalty", as Francis defined it - from the Vatican legal system, this new reform is just as important because it concerns a universal text that commits Catholics all over the world to endeavor to put an end to this and to similar anachronisms in human history, such as the death sentence and life sentence, the death penalty and the penalty until death".
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GAZA STRIP: TWO DEATH SENTENCES ISSUED AGAINST TWO CIVILIANS
July 26, 2018: Gaza Court of First Instance issued 2 death sentences by hanging against (G. H.) and (Z. Q.) from Gaza City, after being convicted of participation in murder.
It should be noted that this sentence is the second to be issued against a woman in the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a previous one was issued against a woman in 2016, but it was not executed yet.
In 2018, the number of death sentences issued has so far risen to 5 sentences, 4 of them were issued by courts of first instance, and one was issued by the Court of Appeal, upholding a previous sentence.
(Sources: Palestinian Center for Human Rights, 26/07/2018)
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PAPUA NEW GUINEA: EIGHT SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR SORCERY KILLINGS
July 25, 2018: Eight people have been sentenced to death and 88 jailed for life over the sorcery-related killings of seven men and children in Papua New Guinea, a report said.
The murders happened in April 2014 in the Pacific nation's Madang province, with the National Court hearing a "berserk" crowd used bows and arrows, knives and axes to kill the victims.
Of the 97 people charged, eight were handed the death penalty and 88 imprisoned, The National newspaper reported. The other person died last month.
(Sources: Afp, 25/07/2018)
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NIGERIA: FOUR POLICEMEN TO DIE BY HANGING FOR MURDER
July 27, 2018: Four policemen were sentenced to death in Akwa Ibom State for killing a motorcyclist. The convicted policemen are Inspector Moses Akpaete, Inspector Idoko Sampson, Corporal Enobong Udo and Corporal Godwin Nnanna, all attached to C Division.
The four policemen were sentenced by the Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo.
The presiding judge, Justice Ifiok Ukana, found the policemen guilty of conspiracy in the murder of Mr. Felix Akpan of Ibiakpan in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibmo State. The incident occurred on Abak Road by Federal Secretariat, Uyo on October 16, 2016 when the policemen on patrol fired at the motorcyclist, who refused to stop when they accosted him for operating at the prohibited area of the city. The killing caused public outrage leading to the arrest and prosecution of the policemen.
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