The death penalty is still applied in most states in America which raises interesting questions when terrorist suspects are arrested in European nations which have ended such punishments. David Headley, a Pakistani-American is accused of plotting to blow up a newspaper in Copenhagen, and American investigators have indicated they will need information from the Danish secret service, PET. Headley is also believed to have involved in the Mumbai bombing in India which resulted in the killing of several people. PET authorities have indicated the American request for information concerning the suspect creates a dilemma since Danish law not only does not allow the death penalty, but forbids sending someone to another nation which allows such punishment.
PET has made clear that although it is willing to cooperate with American investigators, it can not give information that results in a suspect being sentenced to death. Isn’t it about time the United States joins the civilized world and ends the use of death as punishment?