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Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people

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Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself.
Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national level, the state alone is responsible for more than a third of the 1,465 people put to death in the United States since 1976.
In 2017, however, the county known as the "death penalty capital of the world" and the "buckle of the American death belt" executed and sentenced to death a remarkable number of people: zero.
This is the first time since 1985 that Harris County did not execute any of its death row inmates, and the third year in a row it did not sentence anyone to capital punishment either.
The remarkable statistic reflects a shift the nation is seeing as a whole.
“The practices that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is following are also signifi…

Pakistan: Three inmates sent to the gallows

Two murder convicts were sent to gallows yesterday.

Later, the dead bodies were handed over to the heirs for burial.

The convicts identified as Captain (Retd) Zafar Iqbal and Mirza Shafique Ahmed were supposed to be hanged in April but their executions were delayed after they filed applications in courts against their execution.

In the case of Iqbal, he was supposed to be hanged on April 25 but his execution was delayed on the directions of the district and sessions court after he filed an application saying that his family had reached a compromise with the victim family.

Iqbal was convicted for killing 11 persons of a family.

The convict had gunned down 6 of his relatives at Arya Mohalla in Rawalpindi on January 10, 1994 and later on the same day he went to village Sangori in Gujar Khan and shot dead 5 more members of the family.

He was convicted for the murders and given death penalty.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2008 dismissed review petition filed by Iqbal against his death penalty and his mercy petition was also rejected by the president.

In the second case, Mirza Shafique Ahmed was convicted for a murder committed in 1993.

Ahmed was scheduled to be hanged on April 27 after his lawyer moved the Lahore High Court saying his client was juvenile at the time of the murder.

The plea was rejected by the high court and later the Supreme Court also turned down his plea.

Source: The Nation, May 11, 2016


Death row prisoner hanged in Sahiwal

A death row prisoner involved in murder case was executed in the Sahiwal Central Jail on early on Tuesday morning.

As per details, prisoner Mansha had killed a man in 2001 during a robbery attempt. The dead body of the prisoner was handed over to his heirs after the execution.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a 6-year moratorium on death penalty on December 17, 2014 for those convicted for terrorism a day after the deadly attack on Army Public School in Peshawar that left 150 persons including mostly children dead.

There are more than 8,000 prisoners on death row in Pakistan.

Source: Daily Times, May 11, 2016

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