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Facts About Capital Punishment
Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offences.

As of 2006, Ninety percent of all executions were carried out in Asia and the United States.

Around 13,000 people have been executed with capital punishment, since the colonial times.

The term capital originates from Latin capitalis, literally "regarding the head" (Latin caput). Hence, a capital crime was originally one punished by the severing of the head.

The United States ranks fourth in the number of executions every year.

Over 60 percent of the world's population live in countries where executions take place.

The United States court banned the practice of capital punishment in 1972, but it was later reinstated in 1976.

In China, human trafficking and serious cases of corruption are punished by the death penalty.

Between 2005 and May 2008, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen were reported to have executed child offenders, the mos…