India Supreme Court upholds death penalty for convicted terrorist Jaimie Cremeans at 10:58 AM ET
[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Sunday upheld a death penalty sentence against Devinderpal Singh Bhullar [PTI backgrounder], a convicted terrorist. This ruling allows the Indian government to continue a trend toward use of execution that began in November after a de facto moratorium on its use since 2004. The government had a policy beginning in 2004 of only using the death penalty in extremely rare cases [Sydney Morning Herald report], which led to its not being used at all until last year. Bhullar was convicted of planting a bomb in 1993 which killed nine people and injured 25 in New Delhi, and the court ruled that this met the criteria of being an extremely rare case which warranted use of the death penalty. He will be the third prisoner to be executed since the moratorium ended.
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