By Richard Howitt MEP
“Killing people to show people that killing people is wrong.”
It should be the very definition of insanity but it is, in fact, a criminal punishment that remains on statute books around the world.
But it gets worse, because the death penalty is used in Saudi Arabia for adultery, in North Korea for theft and in numerous countries, from Pakistan to Indonesia, as a punishment for drugs offences.
This is despite the fact that use of the death penalty for anything less than “serious offences” is illegal under international law.