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Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

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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