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Majda Mustapha Mahir
Majda Mustapha Mahir
ITALY. TORCHLIT DEMONSTRATION FOR MAJDA, A MOROCCAN WOMAN AT RISK OF DECAPITATION IN SAUDI ARABIA

May 26, 2005: the plight of Majda Mustapha Mahir, a 40-year old Moroccan woman condemned to death in Saudi Arabia for the murder of her husband in 1998, took Hands Off Cain and the Association of Moroccan Women in Italy to the streets of Rome in protest.
Majda’s story was given front-page coverage in Italy’s leady daily Corriere della Sera on May 24, 2005, with an article by top journalist Magdi Allam, and humanitarian organizations have actively followed her case. The efforts seem to have paid off as, a few hours before the demonstration, a press release issued by the Saudi Embassy in Italy affirmed that the death sentence had been annulled 4 months ago.
Undeterred, the demonstrators delivered to the embassy a letter requesting an official confirmation from Riyadh of the information contained in the press release.
Sergio D’Elia, HOC Secretary General, said the press statement was disquieting as it mentions the lifting of a death sentence of which no one had had any news, despite that it appears to have taken place months previously.
“This is a situation that is further proof of the existence of an authoritarian regime under which there is an absolute lack of transparency in the judicial process and where people are condemned to death without even knowing it,” D’Elia said.
HOC, in view of this lack of transparency, has asked the Italian Foreign Ministry to request an official confirmation of the status of Majda’s case from the Saudi authorities.
Souad Sbai, President of the Association of Moroccan Women in Italy, is calling for a fair trial for  Majda, should the annulment of her death sentence be confirmed. (Sources: Hands Off Cain, 27/05/2005)

IRAQ. SADDAM TRIAL MAY START IN TWO MONTHS: TALABANI
LIBYA. RULING DELAYED IN DEATH SENTENCE AIDS CASE
INDIA. 7 PEOPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF THREE
IRAQ. OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR DEATH PENALTY
CHINA. POLICE URGED TO STOP USING TORTURE TO MAKE PEOPLE CONFESS
VIETNAM. SIXTEEN DEATH SENTENCES UPHELD IN COUNTRY’S BIGGEST DRUGS CASE
SOUTH AFRICA. DEATH ROW INMATES WIN FRESH SENTENCES
IRAN. MAN PUBLICLY HANGED
IRAQ. FORMER ARMY CAPTAIN CONDEMNED TO DEATH
EU. ENVOY PRESSES LIBYA OVER DEATH ROW NURSES
INDIANA, USA. GREGORY JOHNSON, MAN WHO WANTED TO DONATE LIVER, EXECUTED
PAKISTAN. TRIBAL COUNCIL ORDERS EXECUTION OF TWO MEN
USA. SUPREME COURT DISMISSES WORLD COURT DEATH ROW TEST CASE
YEMEN. AMINA’S DEATH SENTENCE REVOKED
USA. SHACKLED DEFENDANT'S RIGHTS VIOLATED, COURT RULES
IRAQ. FIRST DEATH SENTENCES IN THE COUNTRY FOR INSURGENTS
IRAN. CONVICTED RAPIST HANGED PUBLICLY
AFGHANISTAN. FOUR MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ARMED ROBBERY AND MURDER
DEMONSTRATIONS IN FAVOUR OF THE “ASSEMBLY FOR THE PROMOTION OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN CUBA”
CHINA. FIVE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ABDUCTING AND SELLING CHILDREN
IRAN. JUDICIARY DENIES STONING VERDICT FOR LOVER'S MURDERESS
RUSSIA. SENIOR MP URGES ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY AHEAD OF PACE SESSION
RDC. EU WELCOMES THE ELIMINATION OF THE DEATH PENALTY FROM THE CONSTITUTION
CUBA. TWO POLISH MEMBERS OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT BARRED FROM ENTERING COUNTRY TO PARTICIPATE IN DISSIDENT ASSEMBLY
US. DEATH ROW INMATE ASKS TO DONATE LIVER TO SISTER
THE PHILIPPINES. PRESIDENT GRANTS REPRIEVE TO 21 DEATH ROW CONVICTS
JORDAN. 27-YEAR-OLD SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR THREE MURDERS
CUBA. OLIVIERO TOSCANI’S EXHIBITION ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN CASTRO’S REGIME OPENS IN CADIZ
CHINA. THREE EXECUTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY, BOMBING
INDONESIA. MAN EXECUTED FOR MURDER

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