The proposal that capital punishment be scrapped for seven crimes under the current Penal Code has been supported by many Vietnamese legislators. On the first working day of the 9th session of the 13th National Assembly (NA) that opened in Hanoi on Wednesday, Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong presented to the law-making body the proposed amendments to the Penal Code for discussion. One of them is the abolition of the death penalty for seven crimes, including plundering property, destroying important national security works and/or facilities; disobeying orders in the military; surrendering to the enemy, which is applicable in the army; undermining peace, provoking aggressive wars; crimes against mankind; and war crimes. Reducing death sentences is Vietnam’s major policy that is reflected in recent resolutions on justice reform and the practice of criminal legislation, Minister Cuong said. Many members of the NA Justice Committee and other lawmakers have agreed to the … [Read more...] about Many Vietnamese lawmakers back abolition of death penalty for 7 crimes
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in vain to stop Indonesia from executing a Vietnamese drug convict, Vietnam,where heroin trafficking is rampant,sentenced eight drug mules to death. Earlier, on January 5, following blanket media coverage about appeals by death row inmates, the apex prosecutors’ office had launched a review of 16 convictions that showed signs of miscarriage of justice. On December 4, a day before a murder convict was to be executed by lethal injection,President Truong Tan Sang had ordered a last-minute reprieve and instructed related agencies to investigate if there had been a wrongful conviction. In a country where death sentences are often handed down to those convicted of drug offences and murder, analysts increasingly raise two major questions: Has the death penalty played any role in deterring those crimes? And, in the context of increasingly disturbing media reports about wrongful convictions, how can Vietnam ensure innocent people are not executed? There is a third, possibly more … [Read more...] about Is Vietnam ready to abolish death penalty?
GUANGZHOU - In letters to his daughter from death row, Zeng Chengjie assured her he would be reprieved, like others convicted of economic crimes in China. The incident triggered a public outcry and spotlighted China's combination of a murky criminal justice system and aggressive, sometimes unpredictable, use of capital punishment. Zeng's 24-year-old daughter rushed to the Changsha Intermediate Court after hearing rumours of her father's death, hoping an official could reassure her. Instead she found the statement. "I felt like I was in a dream, that this couldn't be happening," Zeng Shan said. "In his letters he always said there was hope." Even after a relative collected his ashes, she said, "I still couldn't believe it." Zeng had been convicted of "illegal fundraising", although his lawyer argues his assets could have easily covered his debts - if the state had not confiscated them. China is believed to execute more people than any other country. It stepped up capital … [Read more...] about Execution with no farewell spotlights China death penalty
Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against six Al-Qaeda detainees on murder and conspiracy charges in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, the Pentagon said Monday. The Defense Department called the charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, and five others a "significant milestone." But the move immediately came under fire from human rights groups, rekindling the heated controversy that has dogged the special process that the United States has put in place to try "war on terror" suspects. Adding fuel to the reaction was the CIA's admission only a week ago that waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning widely denounced as torture, was used nearly five years ago in interrogations of Mohammed. In announcing the charges, Brigadier General Thomas Hartmann said the military judge hearing the cases will determine whether the evidence presented is admissible. "There will be … [Read more...] about Death Penalty Sought for 9/11 Conspirators
VietNamNet Bridge - On June 12, the fifth world conference against the death penalty opened in Madrid, Spain. The event, held by Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM,) with the support of Spain, Norway, Switzerland and France, attracts 1,500 delegates from 90 countries. What is the message of the conference, with the guests including former death row prisoners and Nobel Peace Prize winners? That is the power of testimonies. Nobel Prizes are moral and international figures against the death penalty; Their voices are beyond any political considerations. They have the experience of strong commitments in favor of Human rights: and the first of the rights is the right to live. The witnesses of death penalty can make feel better than anyone the ugly and dirty reality of the death penalty system. The testimony of Robert Curley who lost his 5 years old son killed by two men or Bud Welch who lost his 23 years old daughter in Oklahoma Terrorist bomb to strongly support the abolition of … [Read more...] about 105 countries abandon the death penalty