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Shin Bet Warns Israel’s Ministers: Death Penalty for Terrorists Will Lead to Kidnappings of Jews Worldwide

January 3, 2018

Despite the warning, Netanyahu backed the bill in a preliminary Knesset vote: ‘A person who slaughters and laughs should be put to death’

Chaim Levinson Jan 03, 2018 5:12 PM
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman at the Knesset, October 24, 2017.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman at the Knesset, October 24, 2017. Olivier Fitouss

UPDATE: Knesset gives preliminary backing to death penalty for terrorists bill

The Shin Bet security service has voiced its objections to the death penalty bill, which it suspects will trigger a wave of kidnappings of Jews around the world to use them in negotiations.

Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman has shared his negative opinion of the bill with the inner security cabinet. The security service will be presenting its opinion to the cabinet when it convenes to discuss the bill, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it would.

The bill received preliminary backing from the Knesset on Wednesday and still needs to pass three rounds of voting in order to become a law. Despite the warning, Netanyahu backed the bill and, in unusual remarks ahead of the vote, said that, “a person who slaughters and laughs should not spend his life behind bars but be put to death.”
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The Shin Bet is predicting abductions of Jews not only in Muslim countries, but in the West as well. It also has other objections to the bill. In 2011, when some – including Central Command General Avi Mizrahi – were advocating the death penalty for Amjad Awad for murders of five members of the Fogel family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, the Shin Bet objected and the idea fell through.

Ahead of the bill’s preliminary reading, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit said in a private conversation that he is not bound by the cabinet’s position – and that is just one of many considerations. Mendelblit had also opposed the death penalty as chief military prosecutor, and his position has not changed.

Present military law allows the death penalty to be handed down for murder committed as part of a terror act, but it is conditional on the unanimous support of the sentence by the judges. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who sponsored the bill, proposes that an ordinary majority of judges should suffice to sentence a terrorist to death. The bill also bans leniency after a final death sentence has been handed down.

Chaim Levinson
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Egypt hangs five prisoners: officials

January 2, 2018

A policeman stands guard in front of Mar Mina church, in Helwan, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, where several people have been killed in a shootout outside the church. (AP/Amr Nabil)
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Cairo: Egyptian prison authorities executed on Tuesday five inmates who had been sentenced to death, four of them over a bombing that killed military cadets, security officials said.
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The hangings came days after the execution of 15 inmates convicted of attacking police and the military in the largest mass execution in Egypt in recent memory.
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Four of those executed on Tuesday had been sentenced to death by a military court over a 2015 the bombing at a stadium north of Cairo that killed three military cadets.
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The fifth had been sentenced to death over a criminal matter, the sources said without elaborating.
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The other four had been accused of having links with the Muslim Brotherhood movement of former president Muhammad Mursi whom the army toppled in 2013 following protests against his single year in office.
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On December 26, prison authorities hanged 15 inmates sentenced to death by a military court over attacks on the police and military in the Sinai Peninsula.
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Attacks by jihadists in the restive peninsula have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since Mursi’s overthrow.
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Courts have since sentenced hundreds of Islamists to death, although most have appealed the rulings and won retrials.

Chinese convicts executed after stadium trial (Not thrown to lions as previously reported)

December 18, 2017

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© AFP/File | Rights groups say China executes more people than any other country, but Beijing does not give figures on the death penalty

BEIJING (AFP) – Thousands of spectators filled a stadium in China to watch 10 suspects be sentenced to death for crimes ranging from drug-dealing to homicide before they were taken away to be executed at the weekend.An online video of the rare public trial, held in southern Guangdong province on Saturday, showed the handcuffed suspects paraded around a track by uniformed police officers as onlookers watched from the sidelines.

The convicts also stood on a podium as their sentences were read over loudspeakers, while officials sat on a stage flanked by military guards.

Rights groups say China executes more people than any other country, but Beijing does not give figures on the death penalty, regarding the statistics as state secrets.

A public announcement last week from Lufeng City People’s Court had invited citizens to sit in on the “open-air stadium trial”, as it was dubbed by the state-run Global Times.

Beijing News, which circulated the trial video along with several other Chinese media outlets, criticised the court for making a spectacle of the sentences.

Ten of 12 suspects were handed the death penalty and taken away for immediate execution while curious locals, including many young people in school uniform, looked on.

“Places may hold public trials in order to intimidate criminals and raise society’s sense of security, but they should not violate the basic humanity of the law,” a Beijing News commentary said Monday.

The column noted that “from a legal standpoint, the death penalty should not be enacted immediately after the final ruling… the local court deliberately put together this scene for dramatic effect.”

According to Global Times, an open-air trial for drug trafficking was also held in Lufeng in 2015, with 10,000 people in the audience.

The city is one of the country’s largest producers of methamphetamine.

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Human Rights Watch denounces Saudi Arabia’s new counterterrorism law — “Criticism of the crown prince is an act of terrorism.”

November 23, 2017

Al Jazeera

Human Rights Watch has denounced Saudi Arabia’s new counterterrorism law, saying it could further enable authorities in the kingdom to silence critics.

The law, introduced earlier this month, includes penalties of up to 10 years in jail for insulting the king and crown prince, as well as the death penalty for other acts of “terrorism”, according to Saudi Gazette and other local news media.

“Saudi authorities are already methodically silencing and locking away peaceful critics on spurious charges,” Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East director, said in a statement on Thursday.

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Defence Minister and Chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs Mohammed bin Salman.

Mohammed bin Salman. Credit Fayez Nureldine | AFP | Getty Images

“Instead of improving abusive legislation, Saudi authorities are doubling down with the ludicrous proposition that criticism of the crown prince is an act of terrorism.”

There was no immediate comment on the HRW statement from Saudi authorities, who have long been criticised for the country’s human rights record.

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The new law comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 33-year-old heir to the throne, consolidates power to a degree that is unprecedented in recent Saudi history.

The passage of the legislation, which replaces another widely criticised counterterrorism law introduced in 2014, coincided with a major government crackdown on the kingdom’s elites, ostensibly to fight corruption.

‘Overly broad definitions’

The new law includes “overly broad definitions” of acts of terrorism, which are not limited to violent acts, HRW said.

“It defines as terrorism ‘disturbing public order’, ‘shaking the security of the community’, and […] ‘suspending the basic laws of governance’, all of which are vague and have been used by Saudi authorities to punish peaceful dissidents and activists,” it said.

In May, a UN special rapporteur on human rights demanded that Saudi Arabia stop using an “unacceptably broad definition of terrorism” to target human rights defenders, writers, bloggers and other critics.

Almost in tandem, Saudi Arabia has reached a turning point in how it views its strategic role in the Middle East since Mohammed bin Salman was named crown prince in June.

He is also the country’s defence minister.

His latest move, the arrest in a corruption crackdown of more than 30 senior figures, including members of the extended royal family – has been interpreted by critics as a political purge to defuse public disquiet over corruption at the highest levels, but also to neutralise potential rivals.

But Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to assert the kingdom’s regional primacy through an assertive foreign policy have backfired in Yemen and Qatar, and are opening a new front in Saudi Arabia’s regional rivalry with Iran.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia, along with the kingdom’s Arab Gulf neighbours Bahrain and the UAE, launched a blockade against Qatar in June, accusing the country of supporting “terrorism”. Qatar strongly denies the allegation.

Public relations stunt

Madawi al-Rasheed, a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, said the rise of Mohammed bin Salman represents a concentration of power in a country once distinguished by multiple “fiefdoms” in which power was shared between clans.

She dismisses the corruption crackdown as a public relations stunt.

Speaking at a recent conference in London titled Crisis in Saudi Arabia: War, Succession and the Future, which was attended by nearly 200 people, she said: “Of course, this is a great PR initiative because all of us love to see those corrupt people behind bars, but these anti-corruption purges take place in an opaque kingdom with no freedom of expression and with no independent judiciary.

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“We know that dictators pick a few people, put them in jail, accuse them of corruption, and that’s a very effective, populist way of getting rid of your rivals.”

Speakers at the conference described a country in crisis, from its contribution to more bloodshed in Yemen to its growing rivalry with Iran, as it attempts to convince the rest of the world that liberalism is expanding at home.

Madawi warned liberals outside Saudi Arabia not to be “taken in” by Mohammed bin Salman’s recent reforms concerning women, such as permitting them to drive.

“These are media and PR exercises that want us to believe that the regime has actually changed,” she said.

“Nothing has changed, all we have seen is a concentration of power in the hands of one man and a purge of the […] regime to pave the way for the arrival of a new elite that will appropriate the resources and that is under no obligation to explain its budget or its corruption to anybody.”

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SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS

Pakistan Executes by Hanging 3 Militants Convicted Over Terror Attacks

October 4, 2017

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s military says authorities have executed three militants sentenced to death by military courts after being convicted of carrying out terror attacks in recent years.

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A statement from the military says the executions took place at a prison in the country’s northwest on Wednesday.

The executions came day after a rights group, Justice Project Pakistan, expressed concern over the multitude of executions taking place, saying that the country has sent 477 prisoners to the gallows since 2014.

The group also announced a weeklong public awareness campaign against executions ahead of World Day Against the Death Penalty, Oct. 10.

Pakistan halted executions in 2008 due to pressure from rights groups but reinstated capital punishment after the Taliban attacked a school in the city of Peshawar, killing 150 people, mostly schoolchildren.

Netanyahu wants execution of Palestinian who stabbed to death 3 Israelis — Talks about the death penalty for terrorists

July 27, 2017

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© AFP | Israeli forensic police on July 22, 2017 inspect a home where a Palestinian broke in the day before and stabbed four Israelis, killing three of them, in the Jewish settlement Neve Tsuf in the occupied West Bank

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called for the execution of a Palestinian who stabbed to death three Israelis last week as tensions rose over new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site.”The death penalty for terrorists ” – “it’s time to implement it in severe cases,” he said while speaking with family members of the victims, a video of which was posted on Netanyahu’s Twitter account.

“It’s anchored in the law. You need the judges to rule unanimously on it, but if you want to know the government’s position and my position as prime minister – in a case like this, of a base murderer like this?” —  “He should be executed. He should simply not smile anymore.”

A 19-year-old Palestinian broke into a home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on July 21 and stabbed four Israelis during a Sabbath dinner, killing three of them.

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An Israel family of three was attacked and killed in their home while eating dinner in Halamish, Israel, July 21, 2017. (photo credit IDFWO)

He was shot and wounded by a neighbour, an off-duty soldier.

The stabbings came after a day of protests and clashes over new Israeli security measures at Jerusalem’s Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, installed after a July 14 attack nearby killed two policemen.

Five Palestinians were killed in clashes on July 21 and 22.

Israel removed the last of the new security measures on Thursday and Palestinians ended a boycott of the site, which includes Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

Clashes erupted between Israeli police and Palestinians as thousands of worshippers entered the compound on Thursday for the first time in two weeks.

Because the stabbings of the Israelis occurred in the West Bank, a military court would have jurisdiction under Israeli law.

Three military judges must unanimously approve any death penalty in military courts.

Israel has not carried out any executions since 1962.

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Palestinians stand in front of Israeli police officers and newly installed metal detectors at an entrance to the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City July 16, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Inspecting a body on Friday near what Jews call the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The area, home to the complex of Al Aqsa Mosque, is Jerusalem’s holiest site for both faiths. This photo from just after the killing of Israelis on July 14, 2017. Credit Ammar Awad/Reuters

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The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem.(Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Philippine President Duterte Promises To Continue War on Drugs — Average of nine alleged drug suspects killed daily in the Philippines

July 24, 2017
Residents and police gather near the blanket-covered body of a man killed, along with four others, in an alleged police anti-drug operation in Manila, Philippines Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Authorities said 3,200 alleged drug personalities have died in police operations from July 1, 2016 to June 20, 2017. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
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MANILA, Philippines — In his second State of the Nation Address on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his vow to continue his controversial war on drugs campaign.

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Duterte said the crackdown against illegal drugs will continue because for him it is “the root cause of evil.” This was despite several criticisms received from both local and international human rights groups.
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“The fight against illegal drugs will be unrelenting. Despite international and local pressures, the fight will not stop until those who deal in it understand that they have to cease, they have to stop because the alternative is either jail or hell,” Duterte said in his SONA speech with the theme of “comfortable life for all.”
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The president said he does not intend to lose the fight against illegal drugs while he shrugged off human rights and due process concerns.
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Duterte said that instead of condemning the authorities and blaming the government for every killing in this country, his critics should just use their authority to educate the public about illegal narcotics.
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“To the critics against the fight [against illegal drugs], your efforts will be better spent if you use the influence, moral authority and ascendancy of your organizations over your respective sectors to educate the people on the evil of illegal drugs,” Duterte said.
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“Don’t get me wrong, I value human life the way I value mine,” he added.
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A total of 3,200 alleged drug personalities have died in police operations from July 1, 2016 to June 20, 2017. On average, nine alleged drug suspects were killed daily during the eleven-month period.
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The United States Congress last Thursday conducted a hearing into the human rights consequences of the war on drugs in the Philippines.
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In his first year in office, Duterte received several criticisms even from international leaders. He threatened to cut ties with nations which criticized his war on drugs including the European Union and the United States under former President Barack Obama.
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Despite this, Duterte continued his call on the public to join his crackdown against drugs.
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“That is why I ask you to join me in this fight against illegal drugs and all forms of criminality. The government equipped with legal authority and your moral ascendancy over the sector you represent can do so much and hopefully eradicates the social scourge that plagues us to no end,” he added.
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Discarded — The body of a dead Filipino girl — killed in President Duterte’s war on drugs — looks like it has been put out with the trash….. Presidential spokeman Abella said the war on drugs is for the next generation of Filipinos.

Philippines’ Duterte vows unrelenting drug war

July 24, 2017

AFP

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MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed Monday to press on with his controversial drug war that has claimed thousands of lives, as he outlined his vision of an “eye-for-an-eye” justice system.Duterte devoted large chunks of his annual State of the Nation Address to pushing his law-and-order policies that have made him hugely popular with many Filipinos but been condemned by human rights groups and other critics.

“No matter how long it takes, the fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering,” Duterte told lawmakers from both houses of Congress.

“The fight will be… unrelenting despite international and local pressures, the fight will not stop until those who deal in it understand that they have to cease, they have to stop because the alternatives are either jail or hell.”

Duterte swept to victory in last year’s presidential elections after promising an unprecedented crackdown on drugs in which tens of thousands of people would die.

Since he took office on June 30 last year, police have reported killing nearly 3,200 people in the drug war.

More than 2,000 other people have been killed in drug-related crimes, according to police data. Rights groups say many of those victims have been killed by vigilante death squads linked to the government.

Duterte on Monday also urged lawmakers to reintroduce the death penalty.

“I ask Congress to act on legislation to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes, especially illegal drug trafficking,” Duterte said.

He emphasised that capital punishment was about “retribution” as much as deterrence.

“In the Philippines, it is really an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. You took a life, you must pay it to die. That is the only way to get even.”

The lower house of Congress this year passed a bill to bring back the death penalty, but the Senate has yet to approve it.

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Discarded — The body of a dead Filipino girl — killed in President Duterte’s war on drugs — looks like it has been put out with the trash….. Presidential spokeman Abella said the war on drugs is for the next generation of Filipinos.

In Turkey, Defiant Erdogan Attacks EU, Promises to Bring Back Death Penalty — “Turkey Will Behead Traitors”

July 16, 2017

ANKARA/ISTANBUL — A defiant President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday stepped up his attack on the European Union, saying Turkey had to go its own way and vowing to bring back the death penalty if parliament passes it.

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Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan. (Source: Reuters)

Erdogan, who was at the opening ceremony for a memorial dedicated to the roughly 250 people who died during last year’s failed coup, accused Brussels of “messing about” with Turkey’s decades-long bid to join the bloc.

The speech, in front of the presidential palace in Ankara in the early hours of Sunday, wound up a marathon session of public appearances by Erdogan in both the capital and Istanbul to mark the anniversary of last year’s failed coup.

“The stance of the European Union is clear to see… 54 years have passed and they are still messing us about,” he said, citing what he said was Brussels’ failure to keep promises on everything from a visa deal to aid for Syrian migrants.

“We will sort things out for ourselves, there’s no other option.”

Ties with Europe were strained after the coup, given the West’s alarm about the scale of the government crackdown that followed. Some 150,000 people have been sacked or suspended from their jobs and more than 50,000 detained on suspicion of links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the attempted putsch.

He also said he would approve, “without hesitation” the death penalty, if parliament voted to bring it back — a move that would effectively end Turkey’s bid to join the European Union.

“I don’t look at what Hans and George say. I look at what Ahmet, Mehmet, Hasan, Huseyin, Ayse, Fatma and Hatice say,” he said, to cheers from a flag-waving crowd.

Erdogan, the most popular and divisive politician in recent Turkish history, sees himself as the liberator of pious millions who were deprived for decades of their rights and welfare by Turkey’s secular elite.

‘RIP THE HEADS OFF’

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU remained committed to dialogue with Turkey and called on Ankara to strengthen democracy and the rule of law. He also warned against reinstating the death penalty.

“One year after the attempted coup, Europe’s hand remains outstretched,” Juncker wrote in Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

“If Turkey were to introduce the death penalty, the Turkish government would finally slam the door to EU membership.”

Addressing a crowd of hundreds of thousands in Istanbul on Saturday evening, Erdogan promised violent retribution against Turkey’s enemies, including FETO – his term for Gulen’s network – and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

“We know who is behind FETO, the PKK and all of them,” he said. “We cannot defeat the queen, king, or sheikhs without defeating the pawns, knights and castles. Firstly, we will rip the heads off of these traitors.”

He also said that alleged members of Gulen’s network would be forced to wear jumpsuits like those worn by prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, after one detainee showed up to a court hearing wearing a T-shirt that said “Hero”.

(Additional reporting by Michael Nienaber in Berlin; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Keith Weir)

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Turkey Will Behead Traitors

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that Turkey would cut off the heads of traitors. He was addressing a function to mark the first anniversary of failed coup in Istanbul. In the speech, Erdogan reiterated his support for reinstating the death penalty. Erdogan said that the people who are trialed for attempting a coup should be given a standard uniform “like in Guantanamo“ and warned that Turkey would “cut the heads off” people who tried to disturb the balance of the country.

“The most powerful weapons were mercilessly used by the enemies of our nation,” he said. “Our people only had the flag and faith.” The problem in Turkey has become even more complicated. It involves dissidents and even opposition politicians. Tens of thousands of people have been dismissed or detained from the civil service, police, military, judiciary, media and academia, and rights activists have been repeatedly detained. The government has sacked an additional 7,000 people, and more than 150 journalists are in prison.

A number of commemorative events took place around Istanbul, Ankara and other big cities to mark the anniversary of the coup.

On 15 July 2016, a coup was attempted in Turkey against state institutions, including, but not limited to the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The attempt was carried out by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces that organized themselves as the Peace at Home Council.

They attempted to seize control of several key places in Ankara, Istanbul, and elsewhere, but failed to do so after forces loyal to the state defeated them. Roughly 250 people were killed and more than 2,000 others were injured. Thirty-five coup organizers were also killed.

The government accused the coup leaders of being linked to the Gülen movement, which is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey and led by Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish businessman and cleric who lives in Pennsylvania. Erdogan accuses Gülen of being behind the coup—a claim that Gülen denies—and accused the United States of harbouring him.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns to cut off heads of traitors

Widodo complained about US, EU meddling, Duterte claims — Trying to get a More China Neighborhood

July 12, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte, left, talks to the media as his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo looks on during a joint press conference at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. AP/Dita Alangkara, file
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MANILA, Philippines — Indonesia President Joko Widodo also complained about alleged interference by the United States and the European Union with his country’s internal issues, President Rodrigo Duterte claimed Wednesday.

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Duterte ranted anew against supposed attempts by the US to meddle with the Philippines’ affairs including its anti-crime efforts.
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“Here, what makes it really more odious to us is we are being controlled by the US. Even the employees of the State Department, whatever the position may be, they just took it upon lightly to, you know, go out in the open and castigate us and criticize us,” he said during the 26th anniversary of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Camp Aguinaldo, repeating a complaint he has been making since 2016.
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“If they think that they would execute an animal or human being, it’s fine with them because they are the ones doing it. But if other people are doing it, many are angry,” he added.
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Duterte then claimed that Widodo had gripes over the alleged efforts of the US and the EU to intervene with the policies of other nations.
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“And for example, President Widodo, what is his main complaint when we talked to each other? It’s really America and…the rest of the EU,” the Philippine leader said.
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“They would call you from time to time and insist that we do away with the death penalty in the statutes,” he added.
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Indonesia is not party to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty and neither is the US. The Philippines has been since 2007.
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Duterte and Widodo are in favor of capital punishment as a means to address the problem of illegal drugs and crime.
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Indonesian lawmakers have been deliberating on a proposal that “softens the government’s stance on capital punishment as it stipulates that the punishment can be reduced to life imprisonment,” according to a Jakarta Post report in April.
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Duterte pushes for death penalty anew

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The Philippine leader defended anew his support for the revival of death penalty, a policy that he thinks will serve as a retribution to criminals.
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“You know, itong mga kriminal sa Pilipinas, ginagawa tayong g*** (The criminals in the Philippines are turning us into fools). And to think that we are government and we have the power even to kill them to end this problem and yet… because we are a civilized society and we should place them in prison for those crimes that are not punishable by death,” Duterte said.
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“There is a death penalty ….but the implementation has been suspended. I don’t know why but many of the countries really pushing for the abolition of the death penalty….including America and the rest of Europe,” he added.
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Only 19 of 50 states in the US do not have the death penalty.
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Duterte said those who are opposed to the death penalty, including the Roman Catholic Church, “do not really know how to take care of society.”
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He then cited the threats posed by the Abu Sayyaf and the Islamic State, whom he said have the “almost animalistic urge to just decapitate people.”
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‘Those alleged libertarians and those with advanced studies of what civilization is would insist that it is always wrong to kill a person even if he’s the hardened criminal. And yet, the world is a mound of executions of men, young men, young women – burned at stake for refusing to have sex – and children,” he said.
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“And we keep a blind eye about the only item you see in the international papers — Time and all — are those individual incidents that happen. But they are not really recognizing the fact that the world is afire.”
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A Filipina overseas worker, Mary Jane Veloso, was sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking in 2010. Veloso was nabbed at the Yogyakarta airport in 2010 after Indonesian authorities found 2.6 kilos of heroin in her baggage.
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Veloso denied being a drug trafficker and claimed that she was unaware that heroin was placed in her baggage. She claimed that a syndicate had tricked her to bringing narcotics to Indonesia from Malaysia while she was looking for a job as a domestic helper.
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Veloso was supposed to be executed by firing squad in April 2015 but was given a temporary reprieve after her recruiter had surrendered to Philippine authorities.
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Last year, Duterte said he had assured Widodo that he would not meddle with Indonesia’s legal processes.
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