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Un condannato per stupro viene mostrato prima dell'esecuzione, aprile 2002
A prisoner is shown being led to his execution, April 2002
CHINA. DEATH PENALTY WILL STAY DESPITE MISCARRIAGES OF JUSTICE

September 28, 2005: Supreme Court Vice-President Wan Exiang said China would not do away with the death penalty despite a series of recent miscarriages of justice, but would improve its review of lower courts' rulings.
"The question is almost beyond discussion in China because the millennium-old notion of murderers paying with their own lives is deeply ingrained in people's minds," the China Daily quoted Wan as saying.
A series of recent wrongful death sentences had unsettled the public, putting pressure on the government to address concerns about gross miscarriages of justice in a judicial system that was partial to local governments and police and largely unchecked.
Wrongful sentences were, however, often unreported as families had been paid off to keep quiet and people were never proven innocent. Some Chinese academics and human rights bodies had called for a moratorium on the death penalty in China, saying the country's dysfunctional criminal justice system meant many innocent people were being executed. Wan, however, said the Supreme Court would reclaim its right to review death penalty cases.
China's law requires the Supreme Court review every death sentence passed in the country to help avoid wrongful executions. But amidst a rise in violent crimes, the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's legislature, revised some laws in the early 1980s to allow the Supreme Court to transfer death sentence reviews for some violent offenses to high courts at the provincial level.
The provincial courts, however, review cases based on written reports instead of hearing the cases.
Wan said the Supreme Court would set up another layer of courts to hear the cases, but no timeline was given.
"The Supreme People's Court will add three criminal trial courts to cope with taking back the death penalty review power," Wan said.
He said the move was vital to maintaining impartiality. (Sources: Agence France Presse, 28/09/2005)

JAPAN. COURT HEARING ON "SECRET EXECUTIONS" OPENS
CHINA. FAKE OFFICIAL AMONG 24 EXECUTED IN CHINA AHEAD OF NATIONAL DAY
INDIANA, USA. ALAN MATHENEY EXECUTED
PAKISTAN. CONVICTED OF RAPING AND KILLING A 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL EXECUTED
INDONESIA. AUTHORITIES POSTPONE EXECUTION OF TWO BROTHERS FOR MURDER
OHIO, USA. MAN INVOLVED IN $40 ROBBERY EXECUTED
SAUDI ARABIA. SAUDI EXECUTED FOR HOMICIDE
SAUDI ARABIA. MAN EXECUTED FOR PREMEDITATED KILLING
POLAND. EUROPEAN OFFICIALS WARN POLAND AGAINST INTRODUCING DEATH PENALTY
IRAN. CONVICTED DRUG TRAFFICKER HANGED
EGYPT. TWO GANG LEADERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
IRAN. YOUNG MAN HANGED FOR RAPE
SAUDI ARABIA. TWO MEN EXECUTED FOR MURDER
ALABAMA, USA. MAN EXECUTED FOR MURDER OF FAMILY OF THREE
MOLDOVA. CONSTITUTIONAL COURT APPROVES BILLS BANNING DEATH PENALTY
SAUDI ARABIA. YEMENI, SAUDI EXECUTED FOR RAPE, KIDNAPPING AND THEFT
IRAN. FORCED TO FLEE COUNTRY, HE RISKED THE DEATH PENALTY FOR BEING GAY
PAKISTAN. MAN HANGED FOR RAPE AND MURDER OF SEVEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL
VIETNAM. TWO DRUG TRAFFICKERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
UZBEKISTAN. UZBEK REBELLION TRIAL STARTS AMID COVER-UP CHARGES
INDIA. DEATH PENALTY FOR SWAMI SHRADDHANAND UPHELD
IRAN. CONVICTED ARMED ROBBER HANGED PUBLICLY
SAUDI ARABIA. TWO SAUDIS EXECUTED FOR MURDER
IRAN. YOUTH HANGED IN CENTRAL IRAN PRISON
LIBERIA. ACCEDED TO SECOND PROTOCOL
JAPAN. INMATE FIRST OF YEAR TO BE HANGED
UN TRIBUNAL TRANSFERS FIRST CASES TO CROATIA
IRAN. CONVICTED MURDERER HANGED
INDIA. EIGHT PEOPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
TEXAS, USA. FRANCES NEWTON EXECUTED IN HUNTSVILLE

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