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ISRAEL: KNESSET REJECTS BILL ON DEATH PENALTY FOR TERRORISTS

July 15, 2015: The Knesset voted down a bill proposed by Yisrael Beytenu that would have enabled judges to more easily sentence a terrorist to death.
The bill was rejected in its first reading by 94-6, with all six “yes” votes coming from members of Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu.
On July 12, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had ordered lawmakers from his Likud party to oppose the bill, saying it needed further examination from a legal perspective.
The measure, proposed by Yisrael Beytenu MK Sharon Gal, would have made it easier for military and district courts to sentence to death those convicted of murder with nationalist motives.
Netanyahu has tasked an interparty commission led by senior Likud MK Yariv Levin to scrutinize proposed legislation on the issue before formulating coalition policy.
Until Netanyahu stepped in, the bill was to have been debated by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, which gives government support to bills being proposed in the Knesset.
The bill had the support of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, Culture Minister Miri Regev, Science Minister Danny Danon, Minister of Immigrant Absorption Ze’ev Elkin and Minister Ofir Akunis.
Regev, Danon and Akunis all belong to Netanyahu’s Likud party.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein had also indicated on July 12 he would nix the legislation in its current form on legal grounds — or at least postpone it indefinitely, until the state prosecutor hands down a ruling on the legality of such a law.
Even though capital punishment is technically legal in Israel, it has only been practiced once, in 1962, when high-ranking Nazi SS officer Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death for his role in orchestrating the Holocaust.
The bill proposes that convicted terrorists can be sentenced to death with a simple majority of judges, rather than the unanimous decision required under current law.
The death penalty bill was a key election promise of Yisrael Beytenu leader Liberman. Gal, the lawmaker who proposed the bill, said that the party had made a promise to voters, “and we’re determined to make it happen. We must change the current situation and eradicate terrorism,” he said.
“Death sentences will strengthen Israel’s deterrence. It’s moral and ethical to legislate it in order to save the lives of our citizens. It has broad support among the people — it’s clear to everyone that it’s a law that must pass,” he added. (Sources: Times of Israel staff and JTA July 15, 2015)

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INDIA: MPS, LEADERS SEEK REPEAL OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
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NORTH KOREA: FARM MANAGER EXECUTED FOR DEATHS OF DOZEN BABY TURTLES
GHANA: MAN, 59, SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING FOR KILLING GIRLFRIEND
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SOUTH KOREA: LAWMAKERS PUSH TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY
GAMBIA: PRESIDENT GRANTS AMNESTY TO CONVICTED COUP PLOTTER
IRAN: TWO WOMEN SENTENCED TO DEATH PARDONED BY PLAINTIFFS
UAE: RAK COURT UPHOLDS MAN'S DEATH SENTENCE IN MURDER CASE

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