Neil Durkin, Amnesty International
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Death penalty e-petition: 'Not that extraordinary'

Details of the first e-petitions submitted to a new government website have been released.

Among the ideas proposed are the return of the death penalty, anonymity for rape defendants and banning smoking in prisons.

There are already e-petition systems in place in Wales and Scotland.

Neil Durkin from the human rights organisation Amnesty International said: "It is not that extraordinary to have a debate about the possible reintroduction of capital punishment."

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