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PNG: PARLIAMENT PASSES USE OF DEATH PENALTY

May 28, 2013: Rape, robbery and murder will attract the death penalty in Papua New Guinea after the country's parliament passed a series of measures aimed at deterring violent crime.
PNG's parliament also passed laws allowing for five types of execution - hanging, lethal injection, medical death by deprivation of oxygen, firing squad and electrocution.
The parliament also repealed the controversial 1971 Sorcery Act, meaning those convicted of killing accused "sorcerers" will be sentenced to death, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's spokesman, Daniel Korimbao, said in a statement.
"These are very tough penalties, but they reflect the seriousness of the nature of the crimes and the demand by the community for parliament to act," he said.
"Which method (of execution is) to be used will be determined by the head of state on advice from the National Executive Council (cabinet)."
Death by hanging has been part of PNG's criminal code since before independence from Australia in 1975, but has not been enforced since 1954.
Under the new amendments, the death penalty will be enforced for crimes such as aggravated rape, pack rape, or where the victim is a child under 10 years of age.
Kidnapping will carry a prison term of 50 years without remission or parole, while kidnapping for ransom carries life imprisonment without parole.
Theft of money between 5 million kina ($A2.4 million) and 9.99 kina million will attract 50 years without parole.
Theft of money or property worth 10 million kina or more will be punished with life imprisonment.
A series of violent murders and sex crimes this year prompted the PNG government to enact the measures in an attempt to deter crime.
In particular, women accused of being witches have been killed in increasingly gruesome public show-trials.
In one incident, a young mother, Kepari Leniata, was stripped and burned alive in a public market, while in another, a former teacher, Helen Rumbali, was beheaded.
Some killings have been carried while police were present, with officers powerless to intervene against large crowds of armed attackers.
UN Women, a division of the United Nations, has welcomed the repeal of the Sorcery Act, but declined to comment on the use of the death penalty.
"UN Women congratulates government on repealing the Sorcery Act and looks forward to new initiatives that will counter the rising violence against women and men, and bring an end to extra-judicial killings," an agency spokesperson said. (Sources: AAP, 28/05/2013)

VIETNAM: SUPREME PEOPLE'S COURT CONFIRMS DEATH FOR CHINESE DRUG MULE
CALIFORNIA (USA): DEATH PENALTY ON HOLD AGAIN
MALAYSIA: MOROCCAN MAN GETS DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
IRAN AMENDS LAW ON STONING FOR ADULTERY
IRAN: TWO PRISONERS HANGED FOR MURDER IN KARAJ
SAUDI ARABIA: FILIPINO HELD DEATH ROW RELEASED
FLORIDA (USA): ELMER CARROLL EXECUTED
SUDAN: FOUR HANGED IN EL-OBEID PRISON FOR FARMER’S MURDER
VIETNAM: EIGHT MONTAGNARDS JAILED FOR ‚ÄėUNDERMINING NATIONAL UNITY‚Äô
UAE: MAN TO DIE FOR MURDERING HOUSEWIFE IN BUR DUBAI
BOTSWANA MAN ON SIX DEATH SENTENCES EXECUTED
ZAMBIA: SATA PARDONS 615 IN-MATES
LAOS: THREE DRUG TRAFFICKERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
VIETNAM: GANG OF GOLD THIEVES SENTENCED TO DEATH
SOMALIA: PUNTLAND COURT ISSUES DEATH SENTENCES FOR ISLAMIC MUFTI'S KILLERS
KUWAIT: OFFICER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
GAZA: 2 CONVICTED COLLABORATORS SENTENCED TO DEATH
MALAYSIA: FOUR SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF COSMETICS QUEEN SOSILAWATI
UAE: 3 BROTHERS GET DEATH FOR MURDER
IRAN: ONE WOMAN FLOGGED 100 TIMES THEN HANGED
COLORADO (USA): GOVERNOR HICKENLOOPER GRANTS REPRIEVE TO QUADRUPLE KILLER ON DEATH ROW
EGYPT: FOUR MEN SENTENCED TO HANG FOR KILLING PRIEST
IRAN: EIGHT PRISONERS HANGED
GAMBIA: AWA SANYANG SENTENCED TO DEATH
PAKISTAN: MURDERER SENTENCED TO DEATH
SAUDI ARABIA EXECUTES 5 YEMENIS, DISPLAYS BODIES
SAUDI ARABIA: MAN SPARED PARALYSIS SENTENCE
BANGLADESH: 4 GET DEATH PENALTY, 5 GET LIFE TERM
IRAN: TWO HANGED FOR SPYING FOR ISRAEL, US
AFGHANISTAN: KIDNAPPERS EXECUTED IN HERAT PROVINCE

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