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PUERTO RICO. TWO MEN SPARED DEATH IN WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN FIRST EXECUTIONS IN 80 YEARS

May 3, 2005: a jury in Puerto Rico sentenced two convicted murderers, Hernando Medina Villegas and Lorenzo Catalan Roman, to life imprisonment, rather than ordering them to be executed.
Had the jury ordered the death penalty, they would have been the first executions for nearly 80 years.
The Puerto Rican constitution bans the death penalty, but the island is an American commonwealth.
The United States Supreme Court ruled that federal legislation permitting executions applies in the island.
In March, a jury found Villegas, 25, and Roman, 24, guilty of killing a lorry security guard in 2002.
But when the jury reconvened to vote on sentencing, it did not back the death penalty.
US Attorney Humberto Garcia said the jury verdict was not unanimous.
"At least one, perhaps more and maybe even the majority were willing to impose the death penalty in this case," he said.
He said he would seek the death penalty in future cases.
Prosecutors had argued that it was a federal case, because the attack interfered with interstate commerce.
But opponents of the death penalty accused the US of trying to impose it in a colonialist fashion, against the wishes of Puerto Ricans.
There were cheers from anti-death penalty campaigners as the sentence was announced. (Sources: BBC, 03/05/2005)

CHINA. THREE EXECUTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY, BOMBING
INDONESIA. MAN EXECUTED FOR MURDER
IRAN. THREE CONVICTED MURDERERS PUBLICLY HANGED
YEMEN. HOC APPEALS PRESIDENT ALI ABDULLAH SALEH NOT TO EXECUTE AMINA
IRAN. CONVICTED MURDERER HANGED
SAUDI ARABIA. PAKISTANI EXECUTED FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
CHINA. FOUR SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR HEROIN TRAFFICKING
THE PHILIPPINES. 2,100 CHILDREN IN JAIL, 20 ON DEATH ROW
BANGLADESH. MAN HANGED FOR POISONING WIFE
YEMEN. CONDEMNED MOTHER'S LIFE SPARED
EU. THE COMISSION ASKS THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO PUT AN END TO EXECUTIONS
IRAN. PROMISES GIVEN TO EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TO HALT THE EXECUTION OF MINORS
IRAN. FIVE CONVICTED MURDERERS HANGED
BURUNDI. COURT SENDS FOUR POLICE MEN TO DEATH ROW OVER WHO OFFICIAL MURDER
UGANDA. MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR AGGRAVATED ROBBERY
JORDAN. THREE MEN EXECUTED FOR MURDER AND THEFT
IRAN. MAN HANGED IN PRISON

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