death penalty

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.

Berlin warns Turkey EU talks would end if it introduces death penalty

Turkey's reintroduction of the death penalty would end its European Union membership talks but did not place at risk the EU's refugee deal with Ankara, German government spokesmen said on Monday...

Mogherini to Turkey: A death-penalty country cannot become EU member

A country that has the death penalty cannot join the European Union, the bloc's foreign policy chief says in a warning to Turkey.