Trial by Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?

The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
Willingham told the Barbees to call the Fire Department, and while Dia…

Somalia's military court executes soldiers over killings

Three Al Shabaab members were executed by firing squad
on August 3, 2014 near Mogadishu (Photo: AP) Read more
Two Somali government soldiers have been executed on Tuesday after they were found guilty of murdering 3 civilians in Mogadishu.

Somalia's military court Chief Colonel Liban Yarow told journalists in the scene that the court found evidences that both soldiers had committed the crime that they had been accused for.

Dozens of people watched about several soldiers open fire at the 2 soldiers, identified as Abdirahman Issa Ahmed and Abdullahi Ali Abdi Igal, who had been blindfolded and tied to 2 poles.

Somalia uses its military court to punish members of al-Shabaab militant group which wants to overthrow the government and its soldiers who commit heavy crimes. 

But the court has also prosecuted civilians who have been accused of minor cases and later on went to face harsh punishments.

Death penalty is legal in Somalia, a mostly lawless state in East Africa.

Last year, the European Union urged Somali authorities to place a moratorium on the death penalty.

Source: horseedmedia.com, March 24, 2015

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