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INDIA. KALAM'S MOVE BOOSTS CAMPAIGN AGAINST DEATH PENALTY

October 19, 2005: President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam's direction to review the cases of some people on death row left the government in a dilemma, but it appeared to have given a new momentum to the campaign against the death penalty. Advising the government to consider pardon for 20 of the 55 individuals on death row who had sought presidential clemency, Kalam reportedly suggested new benchmarks for reviewing death row cases.
Bikramjit Batra of the People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), the NGO that had been leading a campaign against capital punishment, said Kalam's intervention had given a fillip to the movement to abolish the death penalty.
"We are happy that our campaign has got support from a person like the president. It has definitely given new life to our campaign against the death penalty," Batra told IANS.
Kalam was said to have asked the government to consider the nature of the crime and a convict's age, health and family ties apart from his or her behaviour in prison while reviewing death row cases.
Officials in the home ministry confirmed that a file rejecting pardon for 20 convicts, whom Kalam had found fit for forgiveness, had been returned by the president to the ministry with the advice to reconsider the decision.
"The file is with the judicial cell and no decision has yet been taken on it," said a source in the home ministry.
Officials said it was "almost impossible" for the government to provide pardon to the 20 people, whom courts had found guilty and convicted. "We have to consider a lot of issues before taking any decision on clemency," said an official.
"A decision might demoralise the investigation officers, who struggled to punish the guilty, and its social impact also cannot be ignored. We cannot simply go by emotions in this issue," the official remarked. (Sources: IANS, 19/10/2005)

INDIA. PAKISTANI SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR INDIA FORT ATTACK
BANGLADESH. 6 MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF CO-VILLAGER
SAUDI ARABIA. 14-YEAR-OLD BOY FACES EXECUTION
BANGLADESH. MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF WIFE
MISSOURI, USA. MARLIN GRAY PUT TO DEATH
AUSTRALIA. POLICE DEFEND TIP-OFF THAT LEFT 'BALI NINE' FACING EXECUTION
GHANA. A-G WANTS DEATH PENALTY ABOLISHED
RUSSIA. LIFE IMPRISONMENT MAY BE WORSE THAN DEATH - CHURCH OFFICIAL
OHIO, USA. OHIO EXECUTES WILLIAMS, CONVICTED OF KILLING DRUG DEALING RIVALS
AUSTRALIA. CANBERRA STEPS UP LAST-MINUTE APPEALS TO SINGAPORE OVER NATIONAL ON DEATH ROW
CALIFORNIA. EXECUTION ORDERED FOR CRIPS COFOUNDER
AUSTRALIA. NO HOPE FOR AUSTRALIAN FACING EXECUTION IN SINGAPORE: PM
IRAQ. FOURTEEN CONDEMNED INMATES ON DEATH ROW, PRIME MINISTER
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. DEATH SENTENCE IS COMMUTED
SRI LANKA. MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR 4.6 GRAMS OF HEROIN
TEXAS, USA. LUIS RAMIREZ EXECUTED FOR 1998 MURDER PLOT
UNITED STATES. US DEATH PENALTY 'WOEFULLY SHORT OF JUSTICE', DEATH PENALTY INFORMATION CENTER
HOC. “DEATH PENALTY FOR SADDAM WOULD BE A RETURN TO THE PAST”
BANGLADESH. COUNTRY CRITICISED FOR "CHILD" DEATH SENTENCE
THAILAND. ITALIAN COULD FACE ON DRUG CHARGES
NEW YORK. PRESENTATION OF THE DEATH PENALTY WORLDWIDE 2005 REPORT
TENNESSEE, USA. SUPREME COURT REJECTS CLAIM ON LETHAL SHOT
UNITED STATES. BUSH URGES LIBYA TO FREE CONDEMNED BULGARIAN NURSES
LIBYA. TRIPOLI REJECTS US DEMAND TO FREE BULGARIAN NURSES
IRAN. WOMAN SENTENCED TO EXECUTION
IRAN. WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY STONING
JAPAN. TRIO CONVICTED OF MURDERING FOUR SENT TO GALLOWS
KYRGYZSTAN. PRESIDENT CALLS FOR ABOLITION OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
CHINA. 8 GUN SMUGGLERS SENTENCED TO DEATH IN QINGHAI
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