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To beat the clock on the expiration of its lethal injection drug supply, this past April, Arkansas tried to execute 8 men over 1 days. The stories told in frantic legal filings and clemency petitions revealed a deeply disturbing picture. Ledell Lee may have had an intellectual disability that rendered him constitutionally ineligible for the death penalty, but he had a spate of bad lawyers who failed to timely present evidence of this claim -…

Pakistan: 2 terrorists hanged in Sahiwal jail

Authorities on Thursday hanged 2 terrorists here at a high security jail.

According to reports, Abdullah Baloch, a resident of Darya Khan, Bhakkar, and Sohail Ahmed, a resident of Ahmedpur Sharqia, Bhawalpur, were arrested and an inquiry was undertaken under Section 59(6) and 4 of the Army Act against them. 

Upon completion of inquiry, a special military court awarded them death penalty on 7th January 2016 which was later confirmed by army chief. 

President of Pakistan also rejected their mercy petitions on 22nd of January and both convicts were hanged yesterday.

Bodies of both men - Abdullah Baloch and Sohail - were handed over to their heirs after execution.

Source: The Nation, March 25, 2016


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