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Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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Rodney Reed’s death sentence was suspended. But researchers say other current cases raise similar doubt about the guilt of the accused.
The number of executions in the United States remains close to nearly a three-decade low. And yet the decline has not prevented what those who closely track the death penalty see as a disturbing trend: a significant number of cases in which prisoners are being put to death, or whose execution dates are near, despite questions about their guilt.
Rodney Reed, who came within days of execution in Texas before an appeals court suspended his death sentence on Friday, has been the most high-profile recent example, receiving support from Texas lawmakers of both parties and celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West, who urged a new examination of the evidence.
Mr. Reed has long maintained that he did not commit the 1996 murder for which he was convicted. And in recent months, new witnesses came forward pointing toward another possible suspect: the dead…

Saudi Arabia executes three for drug trafficking and murder

Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
September 29, 2016: three prisoners were executed in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking and murder.

Amjad Hussein Ashraf Shah - Pakistani National – was executed in Jeddah governorate for smuggling a quantity of heroin.

Another pakistani national, Ayub Khan Manqal Khan, was put to death in the Eastern Region for heroin trafficking.

The Ministry of the Interior confirmed to the public that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' government is keen on fighting drugs of all kinds due to their serious damage to individuals and the society and that perpetrators of such crimes shall be legally punished.

Saudi national Saqr bin Shawi bin Meklhaf Al-Saadi Al-Sulbi was executed in the Governorate of Rafha.

The Criminal Court convicted him of stabbing to death his compatriot Talal bin Saad bin Farhan Al-Saadi following a heated argument.

Sources: SPA, GDN Online, Hands Off Cain, September 29, 2016

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