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PAKISTAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR BLASPHEMY

March 20, 2015: A judge in Pakistan's Lahore District and Sessions court sentenced Liaquat Ali to death for blasphemy. Ali was arrested in 2012 on accusations of blasphemy by a Mughalpura area prayer leader. Traditionally, Pakistan's blasphemy laws made it a crime to insult religious beliefs or destroy religious objects or places of worship, punishable up to 10 years in prison.
In 1986, an amendment (295-C) to the law made blasphemy against the Muslim Prophet Muhammad a capital offense. Human rights groups, such as the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, note that most of those accused of blasphemy are accused for desecration of the Koran, and critics say the law is often used for vengeful purposes. Ali's codefendant, Abdul Shakoor, was acquitted. (Sources: jurist.org, 20/03/2015)

PAKISTAN: ANOTHER FOUR DEATH ROW PRISONERS EXECUTED IN VARIOUS JAILS OF THE COUNTRY
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: DEATH SENTENCES AND EXECUTIONS 2014
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USA: ASSISTING EXECUTIONS ‘FUNDAMENTALLY CONTRARY TO THE ROLE OF PHARMACISTS’
BANGLADESH: SEVEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
MALAWI: 24 CAPITAL PUNISHMENT CASES GONE FOR RETRIAL, 5 REVERSED
AFGHANISTAN: DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED FOR MURDERER OF GERMAN PHOTOGRAPHER NIEDRINGHAUS
IRAN: 12 PRISONERS SECRETLY EXECUTED IN A DAY
IRAN: SEVEN PRISONERS HANGED IN SHIRAZ
SRI LANKA: MAN GETS DEATH PENALTY FOR HEROIN POSSESSION
INDIA: PRESIDENT PRANAB MUKHERJEE COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCE OF A CONVICT TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT
IRAQI JUDICIARY SENTENCED A SAUDI AND A TAJIKISTAN WITH DEATH FOR BELONGING TO ISIS
PAKISTAN: ANOTHER MURDER CONVICT HANGED IN FAISALABAD
SAUDI ARABIA: PAKISTANI NATIONAL AND SAUDI MAN BEHEADED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING AND MURDER
PAKISTAN: SIX MORE HANGED IN VARIOUS JAILS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
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USA: PHARMACISTS ARE GETTING CLOSER TO CUTTING OFF ACCESS TO DEATH PENALTY DRUGS
CHINA: THREE PEOPLE EXECUTED FOR KUNMING RAILWAY STATION ATTACK
VIETNAM PLANS TO REMOVE ROBBERY, DRUG CRIMES FROM DEATH PENALTY LIST
EGYPT: MILITARY COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCES ON 7 MILITANTS
UAE: TOP COURT REJECTS DEATH FOR CONVICTED KILLER
SOMALIA: TWO FEDERAL GOVT SOLDIERS EXECUTED FOR CIVILIANS MURDER
PAKISTAN: ANOTHER MURDER CONVICT HANGED IN MULTAN
BANGLADESH: MAN TO WALK THE GALLOWS FOR KILLING WIFE
UTAH (USA): GOVERNOR HERBERT APPROVES EXECUTIONS BY FIRING SQUAD
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SOMALIA: AL-SHABAAB MILITANTS EXECUTE 'ETHIOPIA SPY'
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