Texas: Gov. Abbott should grant death row inmate Rodney Reed a reprieve, before it’s too late

Convicted murderer Rodney Reed is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 20, but Gov. Greg Abbott has the power to stop it.
As it stands, there’s no indication that Abbott will. He has only stopped one execution since becoming governor 5 years ago.
Reed was sentenced to death in 1998, after being convicted of the brutal 1996 rape and killing of a 19-year-old woman from central Texas, Stacey Stites. And though the governor has yet to weigh in on this specific case, he supports capital punishment, as do most voters in the state. According to a June 2018 poll from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune, fully three-fourths of Texans strongly or somewhat support the death penalty.
But the question at hand has nothing to do with the death penalty, per se. Granting a reprieve would simply be the right thing to do — and a necessary precaution against the doubts that would linger, if Reed is executed as scheduled.
Reed has consistently maintained his innocence, and legitimate questions …

Pakistani national beheaded in Saudi Arabia for heroin smuggling

Saudi Arabian authorities on Thursday [Dec. 11] beheaded Pakistani national Mohammad Fayad Mohammad Azam on charge of smuggling heroin into the country.

A statement issued by the interior ministry of Saudi Arabia said, the kingdom was battling narcotics because "drugs cause great harm to individuals and society".

This year, 79 foreign nationals and Saudis [as of Dec. 11] have been executed in the kingdom, with more than 2/3 of the executions taking place in the last 4 months.

According to Adam Coogle, a Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch, Saudi Arabia executes, on an average, about 100 people a year, mostly through beheading. Death sentence is given to people for drug crimes, adultery and practising of witchcraft in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has one of the world's highest execution rates, says Death Penalty Worldwide, an organisation that collection data on executions across the world.

On October 15, this year, another Pakistani national Mohammad Yunus Mohammed Shoaib was executed in the eastern province community of Qatif, after he was caught with a large amount of heroin inside his gut.

A day before, a Saudi national Hamad bin Awadh bin Hawi Al-Anzi was executed in northern Jawf region on charge of smuggling a large number of amphetamine pills into the kingdom.

Source: india TV news, December 12, 2014

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