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"It may be the last friendly face I ever see. I must admit, at the moment I sorely regret helping reinstate the death penalty on Riosa."
―Ransom Casterfo, to Leia Organa[1]

Clone troopers CT-5555 and CT-5597 were sentenced to death by firing squad on Umbara.

Death penalty, or execution, was the practice of imposing the punishment of death for people convicted of certain serious crimes. Worlds with the death penalty usually counted treason as a capital offense.[1]


Clone Wars[]

"Do not insult me with false deliberations. Are you not soldiers now? Is my punishment not to be death?"
―Prosset Dibs, to the Jedi High Council[2]

In the early Clone Wars, Jedi Master Prosset Dibs was found guilty of treason for attempting to murder fellow Jedi Master Mace Windu during the operation on Hissrich. Dibs, who had come to regard the Jedi as tyrants, expected his punishment to be death, but he was instead sentenced to rehabilitation at Windu's request.[2]

After a young Boba Fett destroyed the Endurance, Mace Windu discovered that the clones who survived the crash were executed by the bounty hunters.[3]

Jedi General Pong Krell was executed for treason during the Battle of Umbara.

In the Republic, although it was illegal, traitors were also executed without trial. As is the case of the Jedi General Pong Krell in the Battle of Umbara, who ordered the shooting of the clone soldiers CT-5555 and CT-5597 for treason against the Republic without prior notice from their superiors. Shortly after his execution failed, the Captain CT-7567 sentenced Krell to death for collaborating with the Separatists.[4]

Later during the war, Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano was expelled from the Jedi Order and tried by a Republic court on charges of murder and treason. Tano had been framed in the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar, and the prosecutor, Admiral Wilhuff Tarkin vowed to ensure Tano's conviction and advocated to apply the death penalty for the former Jedi, much to the latter's shock. Ultimately, the real traitor, Barriss Offee, was exposed before the court could render its decision on Tano. Tano was released from Republic custody, but chose to reject the Jedi Order's offer to rejoin their ranks because, with the exception of Anakin Skywalker, they had not stood by her.[5]

During Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi's mission to Utapau, Kenobi was taken prisoner by General Grievous aboard Grievous' DH-Omni Support Vessel. Two OOM-series security droids told Kenobi they were taking him from his prison cell to the "execution room", leading the Jedi Master to ask in surprise whether they had an entire room dedicated to conducting executions. Kenobi then informed the droids that the Yavin Code required that all prisoners must be blindfolded prior to execution, stalling for time as Anakin came to save him.[6]

The Jedi Master Quinlan Vos fell to the dark side of the Force after being sent to assassinate Separatist leader Count Dooku. Faking reform, he returned to the Jedi Order and committed treasonous acts. As the Jedi High Council discussed his proposed punishment, Mace Windu floated the possibility of execution, which would have been an unprecedented step in the history of the Jedi Order. The possibility was seriously considered, but ultimately rejected, largely because of the arguments of Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, after a second betrayal, execution was considered all but certain, but ultimately events conspired to allow Vos to reform.[7]

Imperial Era[]

In 4 BBY,[source?] the Imperial cadet Zare Leonis was made to attend a tribunal for suspected treason against the Galactic Empire. He pleaded guilty to all counts against him and was sentenced to be executed, but escaped before the penalty could be carried out and conducted a rescue of his sister.[8]

By the secret mission to Tatooine, Doctor Cornelius Evazan had the death sentence on twelve star systems, and he told this to Luke Skywalker in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina.[9]

Grand Moff Tarkin, after learning that the rebel base on Dantooine was abandoned, planned to have Princess Leia Organa killed.

After Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Galactic Empire while ferrying stolen Death Star plans to Tatooine, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin signed an order for her execution. Darth Vader, however, kept her alive in order to torture her for information regarding the stolen plans and Rebel Alliance base. After she was discovered to have given false information that the Rebel base was on Dantooine, Tarkin called for her immediate execution, but, after the Millennium Falcon arrived on the Death Star, Vader instead chose to permit her escape because he believed she would lead the Empire to the base.[9]

The crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure, executed those who caused them prejudice by feeding them to the sarlacc. During the Rescue of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca were sentenced to that fate.[10]

In like manner, Rebel pilots were under orders to kill any Imperials who had served on the Second Death Star.[11]

New Republic Era and after[]

After the Galactic Civil War and the conversion of the Galactic Empire to the New Republic, some Empire officials were executed for war crimes. Agent Gideon of the Imperial Security Bureau escaped that execution.[12]

However, after Gideon's arrest on his cruiser by Marshal Carasynthia Dune, it was said that the New Republic Tribunal was likely to sentence him to death again for his crimes.[13]

In 28 ABY,[14] Senator Ransolm Casterfo lent his support to a campaign to reinstate the death penalty on his homeworld of Riosa. At the time, more Centrist star systems were leaning toward it. Ironically, Casterfo ended up facing capital punishment after he was framed for the assassination of Tai-Lin Garr.[1] Casterfo's execution, however, was never carried out and he was eventually rescued by the Resistance.[15]

Traitors in the First Order were put to death by stormtrooper executioners.

Execution was the prescribed punishment for traitors within the ranks of the Stormtrooper Corps of the First Order. This task was carried out by those within the position of executioner trooper. These specialized stormtroopers were rotated via random duty shifts, rather than being a position held by any single group of individuals. As such, any stormtrooper could be assigned this duty, but it was never known who, as assignments were kept anonymous.[16] Finn, a First Order defector once known as FN-2187, dreaded this task and spent his shifts on it fervently hoping the day would end without him having to perform any executions. His own defection later caused him and fellow Resistance operative Rose Tico to end up facing this fate, but the two were saved when the Resistance flagship Raddus crashed into the Supremacy, instantly killing their executioners.[17]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bloodline
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu 5
  3. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "R2 Come Home"
  4. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Carnage of Krell"
  5. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi"
  6. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "the Big Bang"
  7. Dark Disciple
  8. Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  10. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  11. Shattered Empire 1
  12. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  13. The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian"
  14. TwitterLogo.svg Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter. "So excited to have @claudiagray writing a #StarWars novel with us. SW: New Republic: Bloodline coming 2016. Set 6 years before TFA." (screenshot) The tweet in question states that the events of Bloodline take place six years before the events of the film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the events of The Force Awakens take place in the year 34 ABY and so using simple math it can be concluded that the events of Bloodline take place in 28 ABY.
  15. Resistance Reborn
  16. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
  17. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition

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