March 1, 2013 |
BEIJING -- It was reality television in the extreme. Chinese state television Friday broadcast nearly one hour of live images of the last moments of four foreign drug traffickers about to be executed for the 2011 killing of 13 Chinese fishermen on the Mekong River. Although the cameras pulled away before the final lethal injection, the unprecedented pre-execution coverage unleashed a storm of criticism and debate about the death penalty. Psychologists decried the live coverage as distressing to children, while lawyers complained that it violated a clause in the criminal code against parading the condemned before execution.
July 14, 1989 |
Is This Art, Or What?: An exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery drew complaints from a woman this week because it included nude photographs of men by American artist Lucas Samaras. However, after police looked at the exhibit to determine if it was obscene, they said, "Case closed. The photos don't meet the definition of obscenity under the criminal code. They may be in bad taste, but obscene, no."
July 24, 1988
A proposed revision of the Soviet criminal code will eliminate all but one of the offenses punishable by death, making execution possible only in cases of "premeditated murder in aggravated circumstances," Radio Moscow reported. It said that the revision of the 28-year-old code also replaces, in many cases, imprisonment with fines and other means of punishment. The current code permits the execution of people convicted of treason, murder, flagrant corruption, war crimes and other offenses.
November 11, 2001 |
A member of Kuwait's ruling Sabah family and former minister called on the country's silent majority to rise up and quell the growing Islamist influence in the oil-rich state. In remarks published Saturday, Sheikh Saud al Sabah, oil and information minister in governments from 1992 to 2001, also called for blocking efforts in parliament to amend the criminal code with the strict Islamic sharia law.
October 23, 2008 |
A Lebanese mother and her child who fled to Britain to avoid being separated under their country's Islamic law should be allowed to remain, Britain's highest court ruled. The divorced woman, identified only as EM, told immigration officials her allegedly abusive ex-husband would gain custody of their child under Lebanon's Sharia law. Although religious laws are not applied in Lebanon's criminal code, Sharia does apply to Lebanese Muslims on civil issues such as marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance.
November 9, 1987 |
The justice minister today announced proposals to abolish the use of internal exile as punishment, reduce the number of death penalty offenses and shorten the maximum prison term. Justice Minister Boris V. Kravtsov disclosed the proposed changes during a Tass press agency interview. Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's campaign for perestroika, or restructuring of Soviet society, has called on the government to appropriately revise the 30-year-old criminal code, Kravtsov said.