FEATURED POST

Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

Image
Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

Indonesia protests against beheading of domestic worker in Saudi Arabia

Siti Zainab was beheaded in the Muslim holy city of Medina after being convicted of stabbing and beating a Saudi woman to death in 1999.
Siti Zainab was beheaded in the Muslim holy city of Medina after being
convicted of stabbing and beating a Saudi woman to death in 1999.
Jakarta has summoned the Saudi Arabian ambassador to protest against the beheading of an Indonesian domestic worker and complain that her family and consular staff were not given prior notice of the execution.

Saudi authorities said Siti Zainab was executed on Tuesday in the Muslim holy city of Medina after being convicted of stabbing and beating Saudi woman Noura al-Morobei to death in 1999.

Human rights groups used Zainab's beheading to urge Indonesia to abandon its support for the death penalty.

The country is pressing ahead with plans to execute several foreigners on death row for drug crimes, including Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo and three of his predecessors had previously written to the Saudi king asking for the victim's family to forgive Zainab.

But the sentence was carried out despite Jakarta claiming Zainab's family and consular officials were not given adequate notice before her execution.

"From the beginning, the government has struggled to provide her with assistance and has asked the family [of the victim] for forgiveness," Indonesia's foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The Indonesian government filed a protest against the Saudi Arabian government for not giving prior notification to Indonesian representatives or to the family over the execution date."

The Saudi interior ministry said Zainab's execution was delayed until the victim's children were old enough to decide whether the punishment should proceed.

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Indonesia, Mustafa Ibrahim Al-Mubarak, said he was "surprised" to be summoned by the foreign ministry but would follow up on Jakarta's concerns.

"The problem is not about the court and the execution, it is about the date of the execution," he told reporters.

"I have to check what went wrong."

Migrant Care, an NGO advocating for the rights of Indonesian workers abroad, condemned the execution and claimed Zainab was acting in self defence against an abusive employer.

The group urged Indonesia to abandon the death penalty "as a first step to push other countries to not impose the death penalty on migrant workers".

Indonesian President Joko Widodo
Jakarta, however, remains determined to execute several drug traffickers — including Chan and Sukumaran as well as citizens from France, Nigeria, Ghana, Brazil and the Philippines — as soon as possible.

Indonesia executed six drug offenders in January, including five foreigners, prompting a furious Brazil and the Netherlands — whose citizens were among those put to death — to recall their ambassadors.

Foreign minister Retno Marsudi said Indonesia would proceed with the executions as planned, despite protests over Zainab's case.

"Our commitment is to protect our citizens, that is our priority," she said.

"But there's an issue of law enforcement which we have to enforce domestically."

Amnesty International said the sentence against Zainab was carried out despite suspicions she was mentally ill, adding to what the London-based watchdog calls a "macabre spike" in Saudi executions this year.

Source: AFP, April 16, 2015

Report an error, an omission: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

Texas executes Robert Pruett

Texas: Montgomery County DA asks governor to stay Anthony Shore's execution

Texas: Houston Man Condemned in Family Murder Plot Loses High Court Appeal

Iran: Young man has hand judicially amputated over jewelry theft

Why Indonesia Delays Execution of Death Row Convicts

Hours before execution, Tourniquet Killer granted 90-day stay at DA's request

Pakistan's angel of death

Execution stayed for Alabama man convicted of killing cop

8 years since last Thai execution, future of death penalty uncertain