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Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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Rodney Reed’s death sentence was suspended. But researchers say other current cases raise similar doubt about the guilt of the accused.
The number of executions in the United States remains close to nearly a three-decade low. And yet the decline has not prevented what those who closely track the death penalty see as a disturbing trend: a significant number of cases in which prisoners are being put to death, or whose execution dates are near, despite questions about their guilt.
Rodney Reed, who came within days of execution in Texas before an appeals court suspended his death sentence on Friday, has been the most high-profile recent example, receiving support from Texas lawmakers of both parties and celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West, who urged a new examination of the evidence.
Mr. Reed has long maintained that he did not commit the 1996 murder for which he was convicted. And in recent months, new witnesses came forward pointing toward another possible suspect: the dead…

Two convicts executed in Kuwait

Three executions were simultaneously
carried out in Kuwait on April 1, 2013
Manama: Two convicted rapists and killers were put to death on Tuesday in a Kuwaiti prison in Salibiya.

Hajjaj Al Sa’adi, known in the local media as the “Hawalli Beast” for allegedly raping 18 children, and Ahmad Abdul Salam, both Egyptians, were executed in the Central Prison at around 8am in the presence of the public prosecutor and other legal officials, local websites reported.

A call by an international human rights watchdog to “cancel the executions immediately” went unanswered.

The Beast was reportedly arrested in 2007 as he was about to board a plane for Egypt. Courts in 10 separate cases condemned him to death and to life in prison in three other cases.

The sentences were upheld by the court of appeals and the court of cassation.

Kuwaiti authorities said that the rapes by the Beast started in early 2006 and that the victims were young boys and girls aged less than 10.

He targeted them mostly in the afternoon and used his physical force to overwhelm them, they said.

Three other men on death row were also scheduled to be put to death, but their case was postponed after the victims’ families have reportedly forgiven them.

On April 1, A Pakistani, a Saudi and a stateless man were hanged as Kuwait carried out its first execution since May 2007 when a drug trafficker was put to death. According to the local media, 46 convicts are on death row.

Source: Gulf News, June 18, 2013

Photos of the execution:

Ahmad Abdulsalam al-Baili walks to the gallows
in Kuwait after being convicted of murder.

Child rapist Hajjaj Saadi is guided by guards
to the spot where he will be executed.

Saadi's crime of raping 18 young boys and girls
shocked the whole nation of Kuwait.

The bodies of the two criminals are seen hanging from the gallows set up in a prison car park.
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2343916/Rapist-murderer-pictured-
walking-gallows-face-execution-Kuwaiti-car-park.html#ixzz2Wbe6bFVv

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