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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 -…

The Maldives: The 1st execution in 60 years - help stop this

Hussain Humaam
Hussain Humaam

There are serious concerns about the fairness of the murder trial, and without your help Humaam could be hung within 30 days. Call on the authorities in the Maldives to halt the execution before it's too late.

23 year old Humaam was sentenced to death after he was found guilty of murdering MP Afrasheem Ali. 

The Maldives President pledged to hang death row inmates within 30 days of the Supreme Court upholding a guilty verdict, which means Humaam's days are now numbered.

A key piece of evidence in the trial was Humaam's 'confession' which he later explained was extracted by force after authorities threatened the safety of his family.

Humaam and his family also maintain that he suffers from a mental disability which was not assessed or considered during the trial.

If carried out, this execution will be the 1st in more than 60 years. 

There are 17 other prisoners on death row that could be next, at least 5 of which are juvenile offenders.

Source: Amnesty International, July 11, 2016

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