Uzbek Death Penalty to be Abolished

by Nathan Hamm on 8/2/2005 · 3 comments

A few years from now. Why?

President Islam Karimov has ordered the abolition of the death penalty in Uzbekistan, but he delayed introducing the measure for three years, saying country needed to build more prisons first, AP reported Tuesday.

The decree said that the Central Asian nation needs time to build new detention facilities for those who are handed life sentences instead of the death penalty, the channel reported.

Damn! How many death sentences are currently being handed down right now? The story says that officially it is 50-60 per year, but believed by some to be 200 per year.

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Curzon August 2, 2005 at 11:13 pm

Why “Damn!”?

Nathan August 2, 2005 at 11:18 pm

More like, “deyam” than “damn” if you get my drift.

It’s really like, “Damn, Izzy, how many people you killin’ up in there that you gotta be buildin’ prisons for a couple years before you can stop the death penalty?”

BG August 3, 2005 at 10:27 am

Funny how the date of this policy change falls some time after the next election.

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