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January 12 2010 | SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia

Death sentences harder to be given from now on

 
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PENA MORTE: A. SAUDITA EMENDA LEGGE, ESECUZIONI PIU'DIFFICILI

DUBAI, 12 GEN - Il Consiglio della Shura dell'Arabia Saudita ha approvato un emendamento al codice penale che rende piu' difficile l'esecuzione delle sentenze capitali. Lo riferisce il quotidiano Gulf News.

La nuova disposizione prevede che per portare a compimento la massima sentenza, il voto dei giudici deve essere unanime e non piu' solo maggioritario, come invece richiesto dalla normativa vigente. Inoltre l'emendamento prevede che per le condanne a morte o al taglio della mano i verdetti dei tribunali non possano essere eseguiti senza l'approvazione - unanime – della Corte Suprema.

La modifica ha trovato ampi consensi in seno al Consigli della Shura, il parlamento consultivo saudita, dove 92 dei 150 membri hanno espresso parere favorevole.

Il tasso di condanne a morte in Arabia Saudita e' tra i piu' alti al mondo. Nel 2008 le condanne eseguite, solitamente per decapitazione, sono state almeno 102, mentre nel 2009 sono state almeno 65.

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