20 February 2015

Convicted Murderers Deserve Death

Death Penalty
Saudi Arabia has just beheaded two convicted rapists and a murderer last 4 February 2015, the interior ministry said, bringing to 21 the number of people it has executed so far this year.

The three were all Saudis.

Abdul Kareem bin Abdul Sattar Meezi and Hashim bin Abdo Mahragi had been convicted of kidnapping and raping a girl and were executed in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the ministry said.

"The interior ministry confirms that it is determined to maintain security, serve justice and implement the provisions of God on all those who attack the innocent, shed blood or cause disgrace," it said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

The action has not only attracted a lot of attention from countries who are trying to deal with increasing incidents of crime, like the Philippines, but also from countries who are trying to impose their morale standards on others.

So why are these so-called "first-world countries" so arrogant when they have different situation compared to most nations who are facing several brazen acts from criminal elements?

If an individual has been fairly convicted, with reliable, verifiable and quantifiable evidence, of having committed a crime that has lead to the deaths and/or serious harm to others, thereby demonstrating that they either will not or cannot live within the societal norms and ethos of civil society then what is the problem with imposing the death penalty?

If said individuals have proven they will not be rehabilitated so as to be enabled to live within the society and that they have chosen a feral nature then the only other option is to cage them as the animals they are so as to keep them away from society for the remainder of their days. Such warehousing of said individuals would seem more cruel and inhumane and there is a greater drain of the resources of the society.

The only aspect of the death penalty that needs to be changed is that the same needs to be carried out in a public forum for all to see so that there is no doubt in anyone's mind as to the nature of the consequences one will face for certain criminal acts.

Justice, referring to a fair conviction as mentioned, needs to be swift and sure so as to let everyone know that in a civil society, crime will not be tolerated nor will criminals be allowed to profit in any way from their anti-social acts.