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Zimbabwe: Appointment of new hangman raises spectre of imminent executions

Headline Title:  Zimbabwe appoints new hangman 08 February 2013 Reports by Zimbabwean state media that a new hangman has been appointed raises fears that the country may be preparing to start executions again after a seven year hiatus, Amnesty International said today. Zimbabwe hasn’t conducted any executions since 2005, the same year that the country’s last hangman retired.  “This macabre recruitment is disturbing and suggests that Zimbabwe does not want to join the global trend towards abolition of this cruel, inhuman and degrading form of punishment,” said Noel Kututwa,…

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