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MALDIVES: WOMAN'S STONING SENTENCE OVERTURNED

October 19, 2015: The Maldives' highest court has overturned an unprecedented sentence of death by stoning for a woman convicted of adultery, a crime in the Muslim island nation, media reports said.
The woman, identified by local media as a mother of five, was convicted by a local judge on a remote island in the Maldives, a popular tourist destination that has seen a rise in Islamic extremism.
The Haveeru news site said the woman had confessed to the crime after giving birth on the remote equatorial islet of Gemanafushi, about 400km south of the capital Male.
The Supreme Court annulled the case on Sunday night, ruling that the judge had failed to consider the legal as well as Islamic procedures of the nation of 340,000 Sunni Muslims, the Maldives Independent website said.
The Maldives, a popular Indian Ocean honeymoon destination, observes elements of sharia as well as English common law.
Sex outside marriage is against the law in the Maldives, although the ban does not apply to tourists visiting the upmarket holiday destination.
The sentence was unusually harsh even for the Maldives, which has frequently sentenced those convicted of extramarital sex to public flogging.
However, the country is not known to have carried out the death penalty.
The UN Human Rights Council has repeatedly asked the Indian Ocean atoll nation to end the practise of flogging women convicted of sex outside marriage. (Sources: AFP, 19/10/2015)

TAIWAN: TAIPEI SUBWAY MURDERER SENTENCED TO DEATH IN SECOND TRIAL
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EU: RAIF BADAWI WINS SAKHAROV HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE
SAUDI CARRIES OUT 141ST EXECUTION THIS YEAR
USA: THREE KEY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES TAKE POSITION ON THE DEATH PENALTY
UAE: DUO SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
NIGERIA: POLICE CORPORAL KILLS COLLEAGUE, GETS DEATH SENTENCE
ITALY COURT REFUSES EXTRADITION TO TUNISIA OF MUSEUM ATTACK SUSPECT
VIETNAM: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR BRUTAL SLAYINGS OF FOUR
PAKISTAN: TWO MORE DEATH ROW PRISONERS HANGED
ARKANSAS (USA): ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS DRUG SUPPLIER SOLD EXECUTION CHEMICALS WHILE EXPECTING SECRECY
SAUDI ARABIA: PAKISTANI HEROIN TRAFFICKER EXECUTED
SYRIA: TWO GAY MEN STONED TO DEATH BY ISIS MILITANTS AND SUPPORTERS
JORDAN: FATHER HANDED DEATH SENTENCE FOR RAPING UNDERAGE DAUGHTER
SAUDI ARABIA: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE FOR SHI'ITE CLERIC
BANGLADESH: MAN TO WALK GALLOWS FOR KILLING WIFE
USA: PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLS DEATH PENALTY DEEPLY TROUBLING
SAUDI ARABIA: SAUDI MAN PUT TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF FELLOW CITIZEN
PAKISTAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
SRI LANKA: THREE PERSONS GET DEATH SENTENCE OVER MURDER
PAKISTAN: 4 DEATH ROW CONVICTS HANGED IN VARIOUS CITIES
UAE: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN DUBAI FOR SETTING TWO COLLEAGUES ON FIRE
PAKISTAN: 10 MORE DEATH ROW CONVICTS HANGED
ARKANSAS (USA): HIGHEST COURT KEEPS EXECUTIONS ON HOLD, FOR NOW
USA: JUSTICE SCALIA SAYS DEATH PENALTY MIGHT BE RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL
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