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Texas: With a man's execution days away, his victims react with fury or forgiveness

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For the past 3 months, Christopher Anthony Young has awoken in his 10-by-6 foot concrete cell on death row and had to remind himself: He's scheduled to die soon.
As the day crept closer, the thought became more constant for Young, who's sentenced to die for killing Hasmukh "Hash" Patel in 2004.
"What will it feel like to lay on the gurney?" he asks himself. "To feel the needle pierce my vein?"
Mitesh Patel, who was 22 when Young murdered his father, has anxiously anticipated those moments, as well. He wonders how he will feel when he files into the room adjacent to the death chamber and sees Young just feet away through a glass wall.
For years, Patel felt a deep hatred for Young. He wanted to see him die. Patel knew it wouldn't bring his father back. But it was part of the process that started 14 years ago when Young, then 21, gunned down Hash Patel during a robbery at Patel's convenience store on the Southeast Side of San Antonio.
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Two Malayalis awarded death penalty get Saudi king's pardon

Public beheading in Saudi Arabia
Public beheading in Saudi Arabia
2 Malayalis in Saudi Arabia who were on death row for murdering another Keralite, were pardoned by the Saudi king. 

Shaji Sedhumadhavan of Vazhikadavu near Nilambur and his accomplice Abdul Rasaq of Irikkur in Kannur were arrested by the police for murdering Senmon Joseph of Mylapra in Pathanamthitta on March 7, 2008.

Joseph, who was working as a salesman in Saudi Seafood Company, was on his way to Jizan with a large sum of cash, when he was killed by the accused. 

Both were known to Joseph and had accompanied him in his van and murdered him before decamping with SR10,000. 

They were nabbed by the Saudi police and a local court in Abha awarded death penalty to Sedhumadhavan while Rasaq was sentenced to 17 years in prison and 3,000 lashes.

Relatives of both the accused managed to arrange blood money to pay up as compensation to the family of the victim. 

They handed over about SR 3,05,000 to Sedhumadhavan's kin who forgave them in exchange for the money. However, the prosecution moved a higher court challenging the move to release the killers. 

The lawyers pointed out that the offence compromised the country's internal security and the court ordered to execute both the accused. 

In a last ditch at tempt the accused filed a mercy petition before the king who ordered for their release. 

Ending 8 years of uncertainty, both of them have been shifted to a deportation cell in Jeddah from where they will be transported to India, said Muhammed Abdul Rehman Al Ahmari, the jail officer at Abha prisons.

Source: The Times of India, November 5, 2016

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