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  • Cell-phone video of Saddam hanging emerges

    12/30/2006 11:17:39 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 53 replies · 16,004+ views
    WBOC ^ | 12-30-06 | Staff
    NEW YORK You can see video of just about everything on the Internet -- and that includes Saddam Hussein's execution. Iraqi authorities haven't released any video. But some video apparently taken with a cell phone has emerged on the Internet. It clearly shows Saddam falling to his death and briefly swinging on a rope, with his neck grotesquely bent. None of the U-S T-V networks have used those images, although some are using the parts leading up to the trap door opening. Iraqi state T-V earlier carried video of men in black ski masks placing the noose around Saddam's neck....
  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

    12/30/2006 6:53:38 PM PST · by dighton · 67 replies · 4,215+ views
    1886 | Ambrose Bierce
    A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man’s hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above his head and the slack fell to the level of his knees. Some loose boards laid upon the sleepers supporting the metals of the railway supplied a footing for him and his executioners—two private soldiers of the Federal army, directed by a sergeant who in civil life may have been a deputy sheriff. At...
  • Video of Saddam Hussein Being Executed(Warning! Very Graphic.)

    12/30/2006 6:30:07 PM PST · by kellynla · 78 replies · 7,830+ views
    Google ^ | 12/30/2006 | staff
    Video of Saddam Hussein being executed.
  • Arab haj pilgrims outraged at Saddam execution

    12/30/2006 11:55:38 AM PST · by indcons · 68 replies · 1,638+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 30, 2006 | Souhail Karam
    MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Pilgrims in Mecca expressed outrage on Saturday that Iraqi authorities had chosen to execute former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on a major religious holiday, saying it was an insult to Muslims. Sunni Arabs at the haj were shocked at Saddam's death which followed his conviction for crimes against humanity against Iraqi Shi'ites. Nawaf al-Harbi, a Saudi national speaking outside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, said Saddam's hanging during the Eid al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, was an insult to Muslims. "I don't want to believe it. Saddam cannot die. Is this the good news...
  • Footage of Hanging being shown now on Iraqi TV!

    12/30/2006 12:59:18 AM PST · by Brit_Guy · 507 replies · 52,803+ views
    BBC ^ | 30 Dec 2006
    Iraqi TV is now showing edited footage of the execution of Saddam.
  • Hussein executed with 'fear in his face'

    12/29/2006 10:42:54 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 38 replies · 2,111+ views
    CNN ^ | December 30, 2006 | Staff
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi dictator who spent his last years in captivity after his ruthless regime was toppled by the U.S.-led coalition in 2003, was hanged before dawn Saturday for crimes committed in a brutal crackdown during his reign. The execution took place shortly after 6 a.m. (10 p.m. Friday ET), Iraq's national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, told Iraqi television. "This dark page has been turned over," Rubaie said. "Saddam is gone. Today Iraq is an Iraq for all the Iraqis, and all the Iraqis are looking forward. ... The [Hussein] era has gone forever."...
  • Saddam Hussein Executed (Updated Links 1-8-07)

    12/29/2006 7:08:40 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 1,176 replies · 66,408+ views
    <p>The Drop Broke Saddam's neck killing him instantly. At the executions following the Nuremberg Trials others were not so lucky.</p> <p>"..The executions, in a brightly lighted prison gymnasium where three looming black wooden gallows had been erected, were witnessed by a handful of Allied military officers and eight journalists, one of whom, Kingsbury Smith of International News Service, wrote a famous newspaper article, "The Execution of Nazi War Criminals, 16 October 1946," based on his eyewitness observations. Although Smith discreetly omitted mentioning it, the experienced Army hangman, Master Sgt. John C. Woods, botched the executions. A number of the hanged Nazis died, not quickly from a broken neck as intended, but agonizingly from slow strangulation. Ribbentrop and Sauckel each took 14 minutes to choke to death, while Keitel, whose death was the most painful, struggled for 24 minutes at the end of the rope before expiring..."</p>
  • The Processes of Judicial Hanging - with technicals and gore.

    12/29/2006 6:04:36 PM PST · by kokonut · 1 replies · 482+ views
    Kokonut Pundits ^ | Dec. 29, 2006 | KK
    Also, a few questions about the hanging. Will the judicial hanging be the short drop, standard drop or long drop? Go to Richard Clark's website (no, not that Richard A. Clarke) on the details on hangings, how hanging causes death and the equipment used in hangings. Quite an interesting read. Be forwarned. Some links contain graphic images. Though it'll be interesting to know...
  • Religious Scholars Endorse Execution of Saddam, Others

    12/29/2006 10:03:23 AM PST · by dighton · 38 replies · 1,277+ views
    Al Bwahaha ^ | ibn-Camp, al-Kricfalusi
    And so do we, by heck.
  • Source: Saddam Execution Likely By Sunday (On Drudge Video May not be Shown)

    12/28/2006 10:25:00 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 53 replies · 3,568+ views
    CBS ^ | Dec. 29, 2006 | Staff
    CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston reports Iraqis, members of the coalition and international representatives will witness the execution. Iraqi officials have said that Saddam's final moments will be videotaped by the government. "We will video everything," National Security adviser Mouffak al Rubaie said. "All documentation will be videoed. Taking him from his cell to the execution is going to be videoed, and the actual execution will be documented and videoed." It's not clear whether the videotape will be broadcast on Iraqi television.
  • Saddam to hang within 30 days (Calls for TV-On Drudge)

    12/26/2006 7:01:04 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 57 replies · 1,756+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | December 27, 2006 | Brian Whitaker
    Saddam Hussein could be hanged within days after the rejection of his appeal by Iraq's highest court yesterday. The former Iraqi dictator was sentenced to death in November over the killing of 148 Shia Muslims from the town of Dujail in 1982. He is facing another trial accused of genocide against the Kurds - but that may now never be completed. The death sentence from the first trial must be implemented within 30 days, the chief judge, Aref Shahin, said yesterday, hinting that it could come even sooner: "From tomorrow, any day could be the day of implementation." Iraq's prime...
  • Japan: Four hanged on Christmas Day

    12/26/2006 1:14:31 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 86 replies · 2,858+ views
    Four prisoners, including two men in their seventies, were hanged on Christmas Day as the Japanese Government ended a 15-month moratorium on the death penalty. The hangings were the first since September 2005, when a convicted murderer was executed. The death penalty is supported widely in Japan and analysts said that the Government wanted to carry out executions in 2006, which would have been the first year without hangings since 1992. The timing of the executions has been condemned by Christians, who makes up 1 per cent of the largely Shinto and Buddhist country. “It was such an insensitive act,”...
  • Suitable for hanging: Chicago's gallows sold (to Ripley's Believe It or Not)

    12/08/2006 7:52:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 242+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/06 | Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Escaped convict "Terrible" Tommy O'Connor can rest a little easier. The warped wooden gallows used more than a century ago to hang convicts in Chicago, beginning with those condemned for the May 4, 1886, Haymarket Square riot, has been bought at auction by Ripley's Believe It or Not museums for $68,000, Mastro Auctions said on Thursday. Between 1887 and 1927, 86 men were hanged from the gallows built to execute those convicted of inciting the violence at the labor rally in which eight policemen died. Four of the supposed conspirators were hanged from the gallows. The contraption...
  • China bought bomber secrets

    11/23/2006 1:31:41 PM PST · by SelectiveJNJ · 136 replies · 6,898+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2006 | Bill Gertz
    China obtained secret stealth technology used on B-2 bomber engines from a Hawaii-based spy ring in a compromise U.S. officials say will allow Beijing to copy or counter a key weapon in the Pentagon's new strategy against China. Details of the classified defense technology related to the B-2's engine exhaust system and its ability to avoid detection by infrared sensors were sold to Chinese officials by former defense contractor Noshir S. Gowadia, an Indian-born citizen charged with spying in a federal indictment released by prosecutors in Hawaii.
  • Saddam Standing In A Puddle With A Noose Around His Neck (Cartoon)

    11/07/2006 11:41:38 AM PST · by WmShirerAdmirer · 26 replies · 2,699+ views
    Gabrielle Cusumano/ ^ | November 7, 2006 | Cartoon: Cox & Forkum, article: G. Cusumano
    Thanks to our American soldiers in Iraq, to President George W. Bush, Rummy, Senator Rick Santorum and Rep. Pete Hoestra (The Guys Who Made Sure Captured Iraqi Documents were posted to the Web where jveritas could find them and translated them) [ 2001 Iraqi Document: Saddam Approved the Re-Use of Nuclear Equipments (Important Translation). Pentagon/FMSO website for Iraq Pre-war documents ^ | October 24 2006 | jveritas] and [Iraqi Document: Saddam Regime Spying on the IAEA (Congressman Hoekstra is Right) (Translation) Pentagon/FMSO website for Iraq Pre-war documents ^ | November 4 2006 | jveritas] and prove that Saddam...
  • Saddam calls for reconciliation

    11/07/2006 7:15:47 AM PST · by MadIvan · 61 replies · 1,582+ views
    BBC News ^ | November 7, 2006 | Staff
    Saddam Hussein has urged Iraqis to seek reconciliation, two days after being sentenced to death by hanging for crimes against humanity."I call on all Iraqis, Arabs and Kurds, to forgive, reconcile and shake hands," the former president told the court in a separate trial for genocide. He is being tried with six others for his role in a military campaign against the Kurds in the late 1980s. More than 180,000 people are alleged to have died in the Anfal campaign. Saddam Hussein was subdued in court on Tuesday, in contrast to his defiance on Sunday as his death sentence was...
  • Saddam will be hanged 'by end-January'

    11/06/2006 2:31:09 PM PST · by MadIvan · 41 replies · 1,077+ views
    The Times ^ | November 6, 2006 | Ned Parker
    The former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will be hanged by the end of January, a senior member of Nouri al-Maliki’s Dawa party predicted today as an around-the-clock curfew kept the lid on sectarian violence after the deposed dictator was sentenced to death."I don’t think it will drag on beyond January of next year," said MP Haider al-Abadi, who is a confidant to the Iraqi Prime Minister. The 69-year-old strongman was sentenced to death yesterday for ordering a brutal crackdown that claimed the lives of 148 Shia from the village of Dujail, north of Baghdad, after a 1982 assassination attempt on...
  • UN criticizes Saddam Hussein's death penalty (Surprise, surprise!)

    11/05/2006 10:23:03 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 73 replies · 3,102+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-05-06 | JPost Staff
    The UN on Sunday criticized the decision to sentence Saddam Hussein to death, calling upon local authorities to refuse the to hang the ex-leader. UN Human Rights Commission head Louise Arbour said that the "appeal process is reliable and a vital part of the fair judicial procedure." Army Radio reported. She said that "the results of the appeal will what they will be," and Arbour expressed hope that the Iraqi government would suspend its death sentence.
  • UN call for moratorium on executions

    11/05/2006 4:37:08 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 94 replies · 1,942+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 6 November 2006
    UN human rights chief Louise Arbour today called for a moratorium on executions after former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by an Iraqi court. She also called for the rights of defendants to a fair appeal to be “fully respected”. “A credible appeals process is an essential part of fair-trial guarantees,” she said in a statement. “This is particularly important in this instance, in which the death penalty has been imposed. “Those convicted today should have every opportunity to exhaust their appellate remedies in a fair way, and whatever the outcome of an appeal, I hope the...
  • The Day of Justice (An Exclusive Dispatch From Baghdad)

    11/05/2006 6:24:27 AM PST · by FreedomNeocon · 11 replies · 650+ views ^ | 11-5-2006 | PJM in Baghdad
    Baghdad is living tense hours awaiting the announcement of a verdict by the special tribunal against Saddam. First, the defense ministry announced canceling all leaves and vacations for all personnel then the government declared a curfew for tomorrow in Baghdad, Salah Addin, Diyala and Anbar. Baghdad's international airport will also be closed from Sunday morning "until further notice" according to al-Iraqiya state TV. Today, heavy presence of police forces is visible in Baghdad and a few districts like Adhamiya and Ghazaliya are, partially or completely, locked from the rest of the capital with roadblocks and checkpoint. However, the situation is...
  • Mattoo's killer is a 'depressed' man :(India convict to "hang till death")

    10/31/2006 10:19:15 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 18 replies · 795+ views
    Times of India ^ | 31 Oct 2006 | Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Santosh Kumar Singh, sentenced to death for raping and murdering fellow student Priyadarshani Mattoo in 1996, is "absolutely depressed" and has not eaten since he heard the verdict, Tihar Jail officials said Tuesday. Santosh Kumar, who had been practising as a lawyer and is the son of a retired senior Delhi Police official, is now lodged in Jail-II, specially meant for convicts. He did not sleep well Monday night after the court delivered its verdict that he would "hang till death", a top prison official, said. "He is shell-shocked and is not talking freely. We have counselled him...
  • Iraq’s Kurdistan authorities execute 11 notorious terrorists

    09/22/2006 8:40:42 AM PDT · by RS · 6 replies · 827+ views ^ | 09/21/06 |
    Sheikh Zana’ gang became the first group that have formally been executed by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s authorities, reported local media in Kurdistan on Thursday. The group of 11 people were hanged in the capital of Kurdistan, Arbil on Thursday. The group was named after their leader Zana Nasrat Sheikh Abdulkarim Barzinji, known as Sheikh Zana. The group members confessed to their crimes on Kurdistan’s TV few months ago.
  • Supreme Court orders death for two sisters (INDIA)

    08/31/2006 9:54:47 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 18 replies · 1,192+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:23 PM IST | Reuters
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence for two sisters on Thursday for killing kidnapped children by smashing them against electricity poles. The death penalty is carried out in India by hanging but women have rarely been given the sentence. The women from Maharashtra had been convicted by a lower court and the top court upheld their death sentences, saying it was a "rarest of rare" case. The two women, Renuka Kiran Shinde and Seema Mohan Gavit, were convicted for running a kidnapping racket in and around the cities of Pune, Kolhapur and Nasik in Maharashtra...
  • Execution of a teenage girl (What will libs do when there are REAL moral police?)

    07/27/2006 7:24:08 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 30 replies · 1,740+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 27, 2006
    A television documentary team has pieced together details surrounding the case of a 16-year-old girl, executed two years ago in Iran. Atefah Sahaaleh: wrongly described as being 22 years old On 15 August, 2004, Atefah Sahaaleh was hanged in a public square in the Iranian city of Neka. Her death sentence was imposed for "crimes against chastity". The state-run newspaper accused her of adultery and described her as 22 years old. But she was not married - and she was just 16. Sharia Law In terms of the number of people executed by the state in 2004, Iran is estimated...
  • Body Found Hanging Outside VFW Post in Kentucky (just hours after flag burning)

    03/22/2006 2:43:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 45 replies · 2,678+ views
    Body Found Hanging Outside VFW Post in Ky.2 hours, 17 minutes ago WINCHESTER, Ky. - A man apparently hanged himself outside a Veterans of Foreign Wars post early Wednesday morning, just hours after someone burned an American flag in the same place, Winchester police said. Detective James Hall said foul play was not suspected. Hall said the dead man was found by a passer-by about 1 a.m., about two hours after the flag was burned. He was dressed in civilian clothes and found hanging by the flagpole rope, Hall said. The man had not been identified Wednesday afternoon. Clark County...
  • Iraq hangs 13 insurgents (encore to September 1, 2005 necktie party)

    03/10/2006 4:12:14 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 24 replies · 810+ views
    China View ^ | 2006-03-10 13:07:34 |
    BAGHDAD, March 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Iraq hanged 13 insurgents on Thursday, a government statement said. The insurgents were convicted of the terrorist crimes,including murder, kidnappings and bombings, the state television quoted the statement as saying. "They were hanged after they confessed to committing terrorist crimes resulting in the killing of dozens of innocent Iraqis," the statement said. "Shukar Ferid, one of the hanged insurgents, confessed he was recruited to spread the chaos through killing and bombing," the statement said. Three members of the al-Qaida-linked Islamist group Ansar al-Sunna were hanged on Sept. 1, 2005, the first executions being carried...
  • Iraqis Hang 13 Inusrgents

    03/09/2006 10:24:14 AM PST · by madison10 · 62 replies · 1,363+ views ^ | Mar. 9 | Sameer N Yacoub
    Iraqis Hang 13 Insurgents; Blasts Kill 11 Mar 09 1:14 PM US/Eastern By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq The Iraqi government said 13 insurgents were hanged Thursday in the first executions of militants since capital punishment was reinstated in Iraq after the end of the U.S. occupation. Also Thursday, explosions killed 11 civilians and wounded 19 as a dust storm enveloped the capital. The U.S. military, meanwhile, confirmed that a mass abduction from a security firm was the work of kidnappers masquerading as Interior Ministry commandos. In Iraqi politics, Shiite Muslim politicians said they had asked President...
  • Awaiting Death's Footsteps: On Japan's death row, prisoners never know when the hangman will come

    03/03/2006 2:49:24 PM PST · by billorites · 17 replies · 1,253+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 2, 2006 | Bruce Wallace
    NAGOYA, Japan — Like all prisoners on Japan's death row, Masao Akahori knew that his execution would come without warning. The fear made him stiffen at the sound of the guards' approaching footsteps, wondering if the clack of boots was a countdown to death or would pass by, fading into the silence of another reprieve. One morning in the early 1970s, the march stopped outside Akahori's cell and a key turned the lock. "We have come to fetch you," the guards told him. Akahori remembers his legs collapsing under him, that five guards had to drag him from his cell....
  • Man Dies After Hanging Himself In Lav On UA Flight

    02/10/2006 3:31:27 AM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 57 replies · 1,935+ views ^ | Fri, 10 Feb '06 | Staff
    Had Driven Into Car Dealership Last Weekend Gerald Georgettis, 56, was obviously a troubled man... and his life came to an end Wednesday, on a United Airlines flight from Washington, DC to Los Angeles. Georgettis achieved notoriety last weekend after he drove his Ford Escape into the Miami-Dade, FL car dealership where he had just purchased the small SUV. He then poured gasoline on the vehicle, and lit a match. The resulting fire caused nearly $1 million in damages to the dealership and the cars parked in its showroom. Media outlets throughout the country picked up the story. Earlier...
  • LA-bound jet diverted to Denver after apparent suicide in flight

    02/09/2006 12:06:10 PM PST · by LouAvul · 45 replies · 1,396+ views
    modbee ^ | 2-8-06
    DENVER (AP) - A Miami man apparently hanged himself in an airplane lavatory during a United Airlines flight from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, and the plane was diverted to Denver after his body was discovered, police said Thursday. The Denver medical examiner's office identified the man as Gerald Georgettis, 56, and said his body was found on Wednesday. Medical examiner's spokeswoman Michelle Weiss-Samaras said an autopsy was planned. Police detective Virginia Lopez said no other passengers were ever in danger. "Right now, everything leads us to believe the male involved did commit suicide," she said. United officials did not...
  • Death Row Inmate Dies in Prison Hospital

    02/08/2006 2:04:18 PM PST · by NapkinUser · 31 replies · 927+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 02/07/2006 | Nicholask K. Geranios
    Mitchell Rupe, a former death row inmate once found too obese to hang, died at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla on Tuesday following a long illness, a prison spokeswoman said. He was 51. Spokeswoman Lori Scamahorn said Rupe died in the prison hospital, where he'd been since Jan. 3 in the final stages of liver disease. Rupe shot two Olympia bank tellers to death at point-blank range during a 1981 robbery. Juries twice sentenced him to death, but higher courts overturned the sentences. In 1994, a federal judge upheld his conviction but agreed with Rupe's contention that at...
  • Pakistani Militants Call for Elimination of Christians and Pulic Hanging of Blasphemy Prisoner

    12/14/2005 5:43:35 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 6 replies · 463+ views ^ | December 12, 2005
    Monday, December 12, 2005 PAKISTANI MILITANTS CALL FOR ELIMINATION OF CHRISTIANS AND PUBLIC HANGING OF BLASPHEMY PRISONER By Jeremy Reynalds Special Correspondent for ASSIST News Service SURREY, ENGLAND (ANS) -- Militant Islamists in Pakistan have called for the elimination of Christians and the public hanging of a Christian accused of blasphemy. According to a news release from human rights organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), about 3,000 Muslims gathered for Friday prayers at the Jamia Mosque in Sangla Hill on Dec. 2. It was at that location three weeks earlier that three churches, a school, a convent and Christian homes were...
  • Homeowner Hangs Bound, Blindfolded Santa From Tree

    12/07/2005 10:53:52 AM PST · by Millee · 51 replies · 989+ views
    Internet Broadcast System ^ | 12/7/05 | Staff
    In one South Florida community, a man's holiday decorations are causing holiday fear for local children instead of creating holiday cheer. Residents called police and complained to the city that a house in Miami Beach had a life-sized, blindfolded Santa Claus doll hanging from a tree with its hands tied. Some residents were furious and said their naughty neighbor put jolly old St. Nick in a position that is not too merry. But even police officers couldn't save a Santa who was bound, gagged and hanging for the holidays. The owner of the house said it's freedom of speech. But...
  • Nguyen no martyr (Andrew Bolt)

    12/06/2005 9:18:21 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 213+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 7th December 2005 | Andrew Bolt
    THIS is no way to remember Nguyen Tuong Van. This steals from him the only thing that in some small way might justify his brutal execution last Friday. Have we forgotten that this man trafficked drugs? In fact, enough heroin for 26,000 hits, some fatal. Yet today, the Bracks Government will have no fewer than four politicians, including Bruce Mildenhall and Richard Wynne, at his funeral service as a mark of official respect. Last week Health Minister Bronwyn Pike attended his memorial service. Note also that Nguyen is being given the honor of a requiem mass in St Patrick's Cathedral,...
  • Singapore defends Nguyen hanging

    12/03/2005 9:42:39 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 26 replies · 749+ views
    The Advertiser (Austrailia) ^ | Nov. 30, 2005 | Advertiser Story Monkey
    Singapore defends Nguyen hanging30nov05 SINGAPORE'S High Commissioner in Australia Joseph Koh has defended his country's decision to execute convicted drug trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van as correct and responsible. In an opinion piece published in Fairfax newspapers today, Mr Koh said Singapore had not breached international law, with no existing international agreement to abolish the death penalty. "Capital punishment remains part of the criminal justice systems of 76 countries, including in the United States, where it is practised in 38 states," he said. "We respect Australia's sovereign choice not to have capital punishment. We hope Australia will likewise respect Singapore's sovereign...
  • 'Don't use drugs' is hanged man's plea

    12/02/2005 3:55:18 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 25 replies · 932+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 3rd December 2005 | Russell Robinson and Mark Dunn
    HEROIN smuggler Nguyen Tuong Van sent a message to young Australians to stay away from drugs before he paid the ultimate price for his crime yesterday. Nguyen was hanged at dawn in Singapore's Changi Prison as family and friends wept nearby, bells tolled at prayer services across Australia and an international storm gathered over capital punishment. In a hand-written letter to be read at his funeral in Melbourne on Wednesday, it is believed Nguyen repents for the pain he has caused, and warns about the evil of drugs. Father Peter Hansen, who will lead a requiem mass for Nguyen at...
  • Nguyen died ' courageous death'

    12/01/2005 8:27:15 PM PST · by ncountylee · 25 replies · 2,274+ views
    theaustralian ^ | December 02, 2005
    CONVICTED drug trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van showed courage going to his death, his lawyer said today. The 25-year-old was executed in Singapore at 6am local time (9am AEDT), while his mother Kim grieved with friends and relatives at a nearby church at the scheduled time of the hanging. "I know that he died the courageous death that he planned for himself and died as an optimistic young man, making us all extremely proud of him," lawyer Lex Lasry QC told ABC radio. Mr Lasry said he thought the case would have a long-lasting impact. "This case and its impact is...
  • Nguyen lawyer savages death penalty

    12/01/2005 12:35:13 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 565+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 30, 2005
    THE lead lawyer for condemned trafficker Van Tuong Nguyen today stepped up the pressure for the Melbourne man to be allowed to hug his mother before his Friday execution in Singapore. Lex Lasry QC also launched a blistering attack on city-state's use of the mandatory death penalty regime as he arrived for a final meeting with Nguyen. "It shouldn't require a legal loophole for Nguyen to allowed to touch his mother before he goes to the gallows," Mr Lasry said after flying in at 10.30pm local time, (1am AEDT). "It should simply be a matter of ordinary humanity that Singapore...
  • Australian man prepares to hang

    12/01/2005 7:23:01 AM PST · by 1066AD · 60 replies · 1,414+ views
    BBC Online (UK) ^ | 12/1`/2005 | Unattributed
    Australian man prepares to hang The family of an Australian man facing the death penalty in Singapore has visited him for probably the last time. Nguyen Truong Van, 25, is scheduled to be hanged before dawn on Friday, after being found with 400g (14 ounces) of heroin at Singapore's airport in 2002. His mother and twin brother visited him at Changi prison on Thursday. Singapore has ignored calls for clemency for Nguyen, and on Thursday, Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock branded his hanging "barbaric". Mr Ruddock said the case had mitigating circumstances, because Nguyen had said he smuggled the drugs to...
  • Singapore PM OKs drug smuggler’s hanging

    12/01/2005 2:09:10 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 17 replies · 1,057+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Dec 1 05 | MSNBC
    Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Thursday the execution of a convicted Australian drug smuggler will go ahead as planned at dawn on Friday. ...Australia been lobbying for months to stop the execution of 25-year-old heroin trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van, who received a mandatory death sentence after he was caught in 2002 at Singapore's Changi Airport on his way home to Melbourne carrying nearly 14 ounces of heroin.
  • Singapore Hangs Australian Drug Smuggler

    12/01/2005 4:05:42 PM PST · by bloggodocio · 78 replies · 1,926+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/1/05 | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
    SINGAPORE - Singapore executed a 25-year-old Australian on Friday for drug trafficking, despite numerous appeals from the Australian government and hours after the condemned man had a "beautiful last visit" with his family. Nguyen Tuong Van was hanged before dawn as a dozen friends and supporters, dressed in black, kept an overnight vigil outside the maximum-security prison. His twin brother, Nguyen Khoa, was dressed in white. Vigils were also held in cities around Australia, with bells and gongs sounding 25 times at the hour of his execution. "The sentence was carried out this morning at Changi Prison," the Home Affairs...
  • A mother's tears, a brother's laughs as Van faces the walk to the gallows

    12/01/2005 2:22:35 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies · 1,590+ views
    The Australian ^ | 2nd December 2005 | Michael McKenna
    IT was his last wish: to walk unshackled and confidently, rosary beads hidden in his grip, to the gallows. After a day of tears and goodbyes, and a night of prayer, Australian drug-trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van had accepted his fate and was ready to be hanged at 6am (9am AEST) today in Singapore's Changi prison. The former Melbourne salesman, 25, was said yesterday to be frightened by the method of his death but comforted by his newfound Christian faith in going to "somewhere good". It was the final farewell to mother Kim and twin brother, Khoa, that was to dominate...
  • Vigils, prayers mark Nguyen execution

    12/01/2005 3:22:47 PM PST · by Buford T. Justice · 9 replies · 539+ views
    Vigils, prayers mark Nguyen execution 02dec05 VAN Tuong Nguyen went to the gallows this morning amid silent protests in Australia and a vigil by his twin brother at Singapore's Changi Prison. The Australian drug trafficker was to be hanged at 6am local time (9am AEDT) after the Singapore government ruled out any last-minute reprieve. There was no immediate official notification of the execution, but in Melbourne a church where Nguyen went to school tolled its bell 25 times - once for every year of his life. In Singapore and in cities across Australia, there were protest vigils to mark the...
  • Australian anger over Singapore hanging

    11/28/2005 9:25:27 PM PST · by maui_hawaii · 69 replies · 1,825+ views
    Time is running out for 25-year-old Australian drug trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van, who is due to be executed at Singapore's Changi prison on Friday. His death sentence has sparked widespread criticism in Australia. The Canberra government has repeatedly pleaded for clemency, as have lawyers, trade unions and church groups. But Singapore remains unmoved, and insists the hanging will go ahead as planned. "People have been praying for a change of heart," said Father Peter Norden, a friend of Kim Nguyen, the condemned man's mother. "They want the Singapore government to change its heart from one of stone to a heart...
  • Hanging Mistaken for Halloween Decoration

    11/25/2005 10:32:53 PM PST · by jb6 · 5 replies · 300+ views
    AP ^ | Thursday, October 27, 2005
    (10-27) 10:55 PDT Frederica, Del. (AP) -- The apparent suicide of a woman found hanging from a tree went unreported for hours because passers-by thought the body was a Halloween decoration, authorities said. The 42-year-old woman used rope to hang herself across the street from some homes on a moderately busy road late Tuesday or early Wednesday, state police said. The body, suspended about 15 feet above the ground, could be easily seen from passing vehicles. State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Oldham and neighbors said people noticed the body at breakfast time Wednesday but dismissed it as a holiday prank....
  • Iraq Clears Way For First Legal Hangings Since Saddam's Fall

    08/17/2005 7:34:43 AM PDT · by Westlander · 7 replies · 349+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | August 17, 2005 | AP
    President Jalal Talabani has paved the way for the first legal execution in Iraq since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein, the presidential office said Wednesday. The case involves three men sentenced to hang for murdering three policemen.
  • Sweden "must stop sending homosexuals back to Iran"

    07/24/2005 11:16:27 PM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 45 replies · 1,646+ views
    The Local ^ | July 23
    "A Swedish gay rights group has called on the government to immediately halt all deportations of homosexuals to Iran, saying two young men were hanged there this week for committing a "homosexual act". "There are clear examples that homosexuals are killed in Iran for their sexual orientation. I think the Swedish government is extremely cynical when it sends gays and lesbians back to Iran," Sören Andersson, head of the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL), told AFP. The two men, one of whom was under 18 years of age, were hanged on Tuesday, officially for raping...
  • Nobel Laureate Condemns Hanging of Teenagers in Iran

    07/24/2005 1:39:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 1,216+ views ^ | July 24, 2005
    Nobel laureate condemns hanging of teenagers in Iran Teheran (Iran), July 24 (AP): Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi on Saturday condemned the hanging of two teenagers in northeastern Iran, a punishment that prompted protests by gay rights groups around the world. Ebadi said the hanging last week of a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old on charges of involvement in homosexual acts was a violation of Iran's obligations under the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, which bans such executions. Ebadi said her Center for the Protection of Human Rights will intensify its fight against Iran's executions of minors....
  • Taliban Hang Afghan Tribal Chief

    07/16/2005 4:50:33 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 23 replies · 878+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 16, 2005
    Taliban hang Afghan tribal chief Sat Jul 16, 2005 Taliban guerrillas hanged a pro-government tribal chief in the troubled southern Afghan province of Zabul, accusing him of being an American spy, officials said on Saturday. Malik Agha's killing was the fifth in the past six weeks and came as violence mounts in the run up to the Sept. 18 parliamentary elections that the Taliban have vowed to disrupt. Agha was kidnapped on Friday by Taliban remnants as he came out of a mosque in Atghar district of Zabul and was hanged in a tree, district chief Gul Habib said. Agha...
  • A View to a Kill (A rare look at a judicial hanging in Japan)

    06/15/2005 3:53:13 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 29 replies · 3,942+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | May/June 2005 | Charles Lane
    Unlike capital punishment in the United States, Japan’s death penalty is on the rise. Japanese officials keep state executions out of public view and shrouded in secrecy. Not even the condemned prisoners know the day they will die. Step inside the gallows for a rare look at how Japan takes a life. Tamaki Mitsui was a bit surprised one Friday when his boss gave him his instructions for the following Monday: to serve as a witness at two hangings. Mitsui, an official of the Nagoya High Court Prosecutor’s Office, which handles criminal appeals, had argued for the death penalty in...