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BENIN. GOVERNMENT OPTS TO MAINTAIN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

May 29, 2006: it was reported that capital punishment would not be abolished in Benin. The decision was made by the government and a large number of parliamentarians during the week, holding it necessary to retain the death penalty in order to avoid turning the country into a refuge for international criminals. "Capital punishment must remain a part of the Penal Code, but only with the purpose of scaring off criminals. If not, our justice system would stand without sufficient means," Justice Minister Abraham Zinzindohoué announced as the Beninese government was in the process of revising the national Penal Code.
The announcement, the Minister made clear, had not been an easy decision.
Zinzindohoué recalled that Benin was a democratic country that should be part
of the international efforts for the abolishment of the death penalty. (Sources: Afrol.com, 01/06/2006)

IRAN. NAZANIN DEATH PENALTY OVERTURNED, NEW TRIAL TO BE HELD
UNITED NATIONS. UN RIGHTS EXPERTS URGE N KOREA TO SUSPEND TREASON EXECUTION
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KAZAKHSTAN. HOC MEETS WITH OPPOSITION, DISCUSSES UN MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS
KAZAKHSTAN. ‘FROM MORATORIUM TO THE ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY’
BANGLADESH. COURT ORDERS SEVEN MILITANTS TO HANG
EUROPEAN UNION. EU PRESSES CHINA ON TORTURE, DEATH PENALTY
RUSSIA. BESLAN ATTACKER JAILED FOR LIFE
KAZAKHSTAN. HANDS OFF CAIN WILL ATTEND THE MEETING ON THE ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY
CANADA. PRIME MINISTER 'INSISTS' CHINESE FUGITIVE SHOULD NOT FACE DEATH PENALTY
KAZAKHSTAN. CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL PROPOSES TO KEEP DEATH PENALTY FOR TERRORISM
PAKISTAN. HANGING OF BRITON POSTPONED
IRAN. MAN HANGED IN PUBLIC FOR ARMED ROBBERY
ITALY. HANDS OFF CAIN IN SUPPORT OF PRODI’S COMMITMENT FOR A MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS AT THE NEXT UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
ETHIOPIA. MENGISTU VERDICT DELAYED
CHINA. VIDEO RECORDING TO BE USED IN DEATH SENTENCE CASES
IRAN. TWO CONVICTED MURDERERS HANGED
IRAN. MAN HANGED IN PUBLIC FOR MURDER
IRAN. MAN HANGED IN PRISON FOR DRUG DEALING
IRAN. MAN HANGED IN PUBLIC FOR MURDER
IRAN. MAN HANGED FOR KIDNAPPING AND ARMED ROBBERY
YEMEN. DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED
VIETNAM. FIVE PEOPLE EXECUTED BY FIRING SQUAD FOR HEROIN DEALING
PAKISTAN. TWO MEN HANGED FOR MURDER
BRITAIN. BLAIR ASKS MUSHARRAF TO STOP BRITON BEING HANGED
BANGLADESH. SIX PEOPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE AND MURDER
SOMALIA. MAN EXECUTED IN BELEDWEN FOR MURDER
TEXAS, USA. HERRON EXECUTED FOR MURDERS
THE PHILIPPINES. HOUSE STARTS DEBATES ON BILL ABOLISHING DEATH PENALTY
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