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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: Death row inmate hanged in Multan jail; moratorium on executions during Ramadan

June 15, 2015: A double murder convict was hanged in Multan’s central jail, days ahead of a one-month moratorium imposed on executions in the fasting month of Ramadan.

Khizar Hayat was convicted of murdering his father-in-law and brother-in-law over a dispute in 1997.

Since the de facto ban on capital punishment ended on 17 December 2014, at least 162 people, including twenty-five convicted terrorists, have been executed across the country.

It is a tradition that nobody is executed in the (Islamic) fasting month of Ramadan and an official in the federal interior ministry confirmed that a notification had been issued to halt executions during Ramadan, which in 2015 starts on 18 June and will continue for 30 days until 17 July. 

Sources: khybernews.tv, HOC, June 15, 2015


Pakistan imposes moratorium on executions during Ramadan

Pakistan has imposed a ban on executions during the holy month of Ramadan after hanging about 150 convicts in nearly six months since it lifted the moratorium on death penalty.

The Interior Ministry issued an order on Saturday asking all provincial governments not to carry out any executions in the Muslim month of fasting.

Ramadan is expected to start from Thursday or Friday depending on the sighting of the moon of the next Islamic lunar month.

Muslims all over the world observe fast during the holy month and refrain from food, drinks, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk as given in Islamic injunctions.

Pakistan had lifted the moratorium on death penalty after about six years in December after the terrorist attack at the Army Public School in Peshawar, which claimed 150 lives, mostly children.

The United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and various local groups have asked government to stop the executions.

But government has refused to halt them, saying it is a deterrence against militancy and other crimes.

Source: Hindustan Times, June 15, 2015

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