Egypt, Nigeria led world in reported death sentences last year, rights report says

April 1, 2015 12:55 AM

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Egypt, Nigeria led world in reported death sentences last year, rights report says

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2013, file photo, an Egyptian soccer fan of Al-Ahly club displays scales to fans celebrating a court verdict that returned 21 death penalties in the previous year's soccer violence against their supporters in Port Said, inside the club premises in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced in 2014, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report of executions and countries’ use of the death penalty, released on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ramadan, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this May 8, 2013, file photo released by the Iranian Mehr News Agency, men hold a man hanged in public, to prevent his execution, after he was pardoned by the family of the policeman he was convicted of killing, in Mashhad, northeastern Iran. Under Sharia law, a victim's family has the opt...

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