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

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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 …

Pakistan executes seven convicts

Seven death row convicts were executed in jails across Pakistan's Punjab province on Tuesday, a media report said.

Amjad Ali was hanged in Sargodha District jail. He was sentenced to death in 2002 for killing two women and a child, Dawn online reported.

Two convicts, Iftikhar and Asif, were sent to the gallows in Faisalabad Central Jail for committing murders. Iftikhar had killed a man in 2001 and was sentenced to death in 2004. Asif was sentenced to death in 1998 for killing a man earlier that year.

Sher Ali, who was executed in Lahore Central Jail, was sentenced to death in 2001 for killing a man over a personal feud.

Noor Ahmed was hanged in Toba Tek Singh District Jail for murdering six people of his family, including his father and brother. The killings took place over a land dispute in 2006.

Ishaq was executed in Sahiwal District Jail. He was sentenced to death in 2002 for killing a man in 1994.

Mohammad Nawaz was hanged in Gujranwala Central Jail for the murder of a man in 1999. He was sentenced to death in 2001.

Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases on March 10.

Initially, executions were resumed for terrorism offences only in the wake of a Taliban massacre at an army-run school in Peshawar which had claimed the lives of more than 140 students and staff on December 16, 2014.

The UN, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on Pakistan to reimpose its moratorium on the death penalty.

Source: newkerala.com, May 26, 2015


11 death-row convicts executed in Punjab province, Balochistan jails

Tuesday, May 26, 2015,Islamabad: Eleven convicts on death row were executed in various jails across Punjab province and Balochistan early this morning.

Two prisoners were hanged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail for committing murder. Convict Shakil had killed a person in 1998, while convict Sher Ali murdered a person in 2001.

In Central Jail Faisalabad, another two convicts were executed. Iftikhar Ahmed killed three people following which he was awarded death penalty. Convict Asif Zeb killed a person in enmity in 1998.

One person, Ishaq, convicted of murder was hanged in Sahiwal, while Mohammad Nawaz, also convicted of murder, was hanged in Gujranwala, according to a report published in e-paper The News.

In Central Jail Multan, Rana Faryad was executed after being convicted of murder of his cousin over a minor argument.

Death row prisoner Mohammad Afzal was hanged in District Jail Jhelum.

Convict Amjad Ali was hanged in Sargodha, being found guilty of rape and murder of his young niece, as well as killing two young witnesses of the incident.

Prisoner Anwar Ahmed was executed in District Jail Toba Tek Singh. He had killed six family members including his father and brother over a property matter.

Ibrahim, convicted of murdering a person in 2003, was hanged in Mach jail.

Source: UNI, May 26, 2015

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