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BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN
A death sentence for a crime its lone surviving victim calls his “personal Holocaust.”
Fox News has details.
“Joshua Komisarjevsky, the now-convicted killer of that home invasion in Connecticut. He was just officially sentenced to death in superior court. The Connecticut man slapped with six counts of death plus 150 years in prison.”
By all accounts -- the crime -- horrific. In 2007 -- Komisarjevsky and accomplice Steven Hayes tortured a family of four. Dr. William Petit was beaten with a baseball bat and tied up. He’s the only surviving victim of the ordeal.
His wife and two daughters -- 17 and 11 years old at the time -- were sexually assaulted before being tied to their beds, doused is gasoline and set on fire.
Steven Hayes was convicted in 2010 of killing the daughters -- but Komisarjevsky maintains despite his conviction he didn’t kill anyone or rape 11-year-old Michaela. The Associated Press reports, when he learned he’d be executed -- Komisarjevsky said quote “I wonder when the killing will end.”
But Dr. Petit says the sentencing fits the crime. WTNH was there for his press conference.
PETIT: “We certainly have been criticized over the years that this is vengeance and blood lust. But this is really about justice.”
CNN’s Brian Vitagliana was in the courtroom when the judge handed down Komisarjevsky’s sentence. He says, Komisarjevsky told the court he would never find peace again. But the judge told him...
“...this is a terrible sentence but one you wrote for yourself. He said, your fate is now in the hands of other. May God have mercy on your soul. And when you're listening to those words, it's extremely powerful.”
According to the Associated Press, Komisarjevsky’s lawyers argued their client was sexually assault as a child -- and that Komisarjevsky suffered from a mood disorder and depression. He called his death sentence a quote “surreal experience.”
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BY NOE GANDILLOT
He was called the “blond angel of death”. More than 30 years after his crimes, former Argentinian naval officer Alfredo Astiz has been sentenced to life in jail. France 24 has the details:
“In the streets outside a Buenos Aires court, the crowd erupts. Alfredo Astiz has just been handed a life sentence for crimes against humanity. Dubbed the angel of death, He was responsible for acts of torture and the murder of leftist activists during Argentina’s dictatorship in the seventies and eigthies.”
Alfredo Astiz, nicknamed for his cherubic look, was the cornerstone of a repressive military system that killed thousands of its own people between 1976 and 1983. This dark period of Argentina’s history is now referred to as the “Dirty War”. Fox News reports:
“Captain Alfredo Astiz was the most prominent of the 18 defendants in the "mega-case" for abductions, killings and torture carried out by teams operating from the Navy Mechanics School in Buenos Aires, which functioned as the junta's largest secret prison.”
Nearly 5,000 dissidents were tortured and killed inside the clandestine prison.
Among them -- two French nuns. France’s Le Monde tells how the ‘Angel of Death’ infiltrated a group of victims’ mothers who were looking their their missing children: (Image source : Channel 4)
"Pretending He was looking for his missing brother, Alfredo Astiz infiltrated the association of victims’ mothers where the two French nuns were working. They had become fond of the handsome, blue-eyed 26 year-old young man with a baby-face who claimed his name was Gustavo Niño. He would designate the victims to be killed by kissing them on the chick.”
The niece of one of the French nuns told the BBC she felt relieved :
“After the trial, something is complete. It is as if a circle is closed - a difficult circle of years of suffering, where justice has been done. I think justice and truth should emerge, and today, justice has emerged.”
Although the victims’ families were happy to see Astiz finally judged for his crimes,
France’s RFI reports the blonde angel was smiling after the verdict - and declared he did not feel sorry about anything. (Image source: Channel 4)
“From the start of his trial on, he showed unbelievable arrogance. He declared : ‘This is no trial, this is political persecution that does not seek justice. (...) This mock trial won’t be an example but a shame for the Republic’”.
Between 10 and 30 000 people were killed during Argentina’s ‘Dirty War”.
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Pornography on the internet. Nothing new there. But the man behind the technology being sentenced to death? That’s a new one. Protesters led rallies in Ontario for the release of Saeed Malekpour, a programmer on death row in Iran for enabling a pornographic website. The twist is...Malekpour says he knew nothing about it.
We’re following coverage from CTV, The Toronto Star, United For Iran, The Iranian, and CBC.
Malekpour wrote a software system designed for image uploading and management.
CTV reports Malekpour, “admitted to writing the program but said he wasn't aware of how it was being used. His lawyer is appealing the death sentence.”
Iranian police arrested Malekpour when he came to the country in September of 2008 for quote "designing and operating pornographic websites, rioting against the regime and insulting Islamic sanctities." Malekpour came to Iran to visit his ailing father.
The Toronto Star reports Malekpour’s letters to his wife describe a brutal prison experience.
“....while I remained blindfolded and handcuffed, several individuals armed with cables, batons and fists struck and punched me.”
Malekpour says guards broke his jaw during the torture. In a report from United for Iran, Malekpour says he was forced to confess to the crimes.
“A large portion of my confession was extracted under pressure...and false promises of immediate release upon giving a false confession to whatever the interrogators dictated…”
Other Iranian sources worry the time Malekpour has to prove his innocence...is running short.
Iranian**** reports: "Sadly, Saeed Malekpour has not been provided a fair opportunity to defend himself from the charges laid against him. It is becoming increasingly obvious that this chance will never come.”
The questionable handling of the issue got media outlets talking across the Atlantic as well. Despite the protests in Canada, CBC explains why the government hasn’t tried harder to save his life.
Michael: “Now Malekpour is not a Canadian citizen. He is a computer engineer. For that reason, foreign affairs has not intervened. He is an Iranian national sentenced by an Iranian court.”
Malekpour’s wife, who is still living in Canada, has taken things into her own hands, setting up an online petition video along with a Facebook group.
In regards to the Malekpour protests in Canada,
The Star’s Olivia Ward called them, “a last-ditch effort to save his life.”
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A shocking message by Acharya Shree Yogeesh on the topic of Capital Punishment. Society and the government feel that torture of a terrorist is wrong, however, without a scare or threat to the novice terrorist / criminal, they will continue hurting society.