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In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

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To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write.
It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.
Kitzhaber was exhausted, having been unable to sleep the night before, but he needed to call the families of Haugen's victims.
"I know my decision will delay the closure they need and deserve," he wrote.
The son of University of Oregon English professors, Kitzhaber began writing each day in his journal in the early 1970s. The practice helped him organize his thoughts and, on that particular morning, gather his courage.
Kitzhaber first dialed the widow of David Polin, an inmate Haugen beat and stabbed to death in 2003 while already serving a life sentence fo…

Pakistan: Army Chief validates execution of 13 death-row inmates

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday confirmed death sentences awarded to another 13 hardcore terrorists including attackers of Nanga Parbat massacre.

According to a statement issued here by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the death-row prosoners were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including killing of 10 foreign tourists at Nanga Parbat.

The 2013 attack was the deadliest assault on foreigners in Pakistan for a decade and was claimed by a purported new faction of Pakistan’s umbrella Taliban movement, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

They were also involved in attack on Saidu Sharif Airport, destruction of schools, attacks on Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies and civilians, the statement added.

The convicts were tried by military courts.

Detail of each case is mentioned below:

Irfan Ullah S/O Khudayar: The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in killing of 10 foreign tourists near Nanga Parbat Base Camp. He was also in possession of fire arms. He admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 3 charges and awarded death sentence.

Mushtaq Ahmed S/O Muhammad Miraj: The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in attacking Saidu Sharif Airport, killing employees of Metrological Department and destruction of an educational institution which resulted in death of civilians and injuries to soldiers. He was also in possession of fire arms and explosives. He admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 6 charges and awarded death sentence.

Muhammad Nawaz S/O Gul Muhammad: The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces which resulted in death of soldiers. He was also in possession of fire arms and explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 3 charges and awarded death sentence.

Taj Gul S/O Sultan Zareen: The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in attacking Law Enforcement Agencies, which resulted in death of police constables and levies persons. He was also in possession of fire arms, ammunition and explosives. He admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 4 charges and awarded death sentence.

Asghar Khan S/O Aziz Ur Rehman, Ahmed Ali S/O Bakhat Karam and Haroon ur Rasheed S/O Mian Said Usman: These three convicts were active members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. They were involved in attacking Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies and destruction of an educational institution which resulted in death and injuries to soldiers and civilian. They were also in possession of fire arms and explosives. The convicts admitted their offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. Convict number 1 was tried on 6 charges whereas convict number 2 and 3 were tried on 7 charges. All have been awarded death sentence.

Bakht-e-Ameer S/O Ameer Zareen: The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces which resulted in death and injuries to officers and soldiers. He was also in possession of explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 3 charges and awarded death sentence.

Aziz Khan S/O Ashber: The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces and destruction of communication system in Gulibagh which caused death and injuries to soldiers. He was also in possession of a suicide jacket. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 3 charges and awarded death sentence.

Fazal-e-Ghaffar S/O Shehzada: The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces which caused death and injuries to soldiers. He was also in possession of a suicide jacket. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 4 charges and awarded death sentence.

Asghar Khan S/O Ahmad Jan: The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies and destruction of educational institutions which caused death and injuries to soldiers and civilians. He was tried on 5 charges and awarded death sentence.

Ikram Ullah S/O Habib Ullah: The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies which caused death and injuries to officers, soldiers and civilians as well as damage to helicopters. He was also in possession of explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 4 charges and awarded death sentence.

Haider S/O Daim Khan: The convict was involved in killing civilians in Quetta. He was also in possession of fire arms and explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the trial court. He was tried on 5 charges and awarded death sentence.

Source: geo.tv, March 15, 2016


Army chief ratifies death sentence of climber killer among 13 terrorists

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif Tuesday ratified death sentence of 13 'hardcore terrorists' found guilty of terrorism-related offences including the 2013 massacre of 10 foreign mountaineers, said the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) member Irfan Ullah was sentenced for the attack on the base camp at Nanga Parbat, Pakistan's 2nd highest mountain, which shocked the world and scarred the country's climbing tourism industry.

Gunmen dressed in police uniforms stormed the camp and shot dead 10 foreign mountaineers - including 1 American with dual Chinese citizenship, 2 other Chinese, 3 Ukrainians, 2 Slovakians, 1 Lithuanian and 1 Nepalese and a Pakistani guide.

"Today Chief of Army Staff confirmed death sentences awarded to another 13 hardcore terrorists, who were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including killing of foreign tourists at Nanga Parbat," the ISPR said in a statement.

The other 12 had been charged with various severe crimes from attacking schools and an airport, to killing security officials, civilians and damaging helicopters.

Pakistan has hanged more than 300 people since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in December 2014.

The nuclear-armed South Asian nation lifted the 6-year moratorium and amended the constitution to allow military courts to try hardcore militants after Taliban gunmen killed more than 150 people, most of them children, at an army-run school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014.

In June 2014, the army launched an operation in a bid to wipe out militant bases in North Waziristan tribal area and end the bloody decade-long Islamist insurgency that has cost thousands of lives.

Source: arynews.tv, March 15, 2016

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