Amnesty International urges Lebanese president to halt executions
Amnesty International strongly urged Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud to use his powers to immediately halt the imminent execution of Ahmad 'Ali Mansour, Badea' Waleed Hamada and Remi Antoan Za'atar, who are due to be executed at dawn on Saturday. Amnesty International also urged the president to take the necessary steps to commute the death sentences handed down to the three men, and to 24 others.
"The finality and cruelty inherent in the death penalty, and the lack of evidence showing it to be a deterrent to violent crimes, make it an inappropriate and unacceptable response to crime," said Amnesty International.
The executions are due to take place at Roumieh prison in Beirut.
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