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Jordan ends moratorium on death penalty, hangs 11 convicted

AMMAN: After Pakistan another Muslim country has ended moratorium on death penalty as Jordan executed 11 men convicted of murder by hanging on Sunday.

The interior ministry said it ended an informal eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.

As many as eleven criminals convicted in different cases of murder were executed at dawn, a ministry spokesman said.

The official said the men were all Jordanians convicted for murder in 2005 and 2006.

Jordan’s last executions were in June 2006 and 122 people have since been sentenced to death.

Interior Minister Hussein Majali hinted recently that the moratorium might end, saying there was a debate in the country on the death penalty and that the public believes that the rise in crime has been the result of the non-application of capital punishment.