Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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…

Egyptian court gives death penalty to 7 for killing Christians

IS fighters (file photo)
A court in Egypt today [Nov. 25] gave the death penalty to 7 people and sent 10 more to life in prison for beheading 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya and for joining a terrorist organisation affiliated to the Islamic State.

The Cairo Criminal Court also sent 3 others to 15 years in prison in the same case.

The court found that the convicts had joined the "Marsa Matrouh cell", which is affiliated to IS in Libya.

They were also found guilty of joining training camps in Libya and Syria, planning terrorist attacks in Egypt, possessing weapons, inciting violence and participating in killing of 21 Christians in Libya in 2015.

The court ordered that all convicts, except those sentenced to death, remain under police surveillance for 5 years after serving their sentences, local media reports said.

The sentencing came a day after the deadliest terrorist attack on worshippers at a mosque in Egypt's restive North Sinai region. The death toll in the attack today rose to 305.

The Egyptian security forces, meanwhile, have continued their air strikes against terrorists involved in the attack.

Army spokesperson Tamer el-Refai said in a statement that the Air Force destroyed a number of terrorists hideouts and the Army was conducting raids to eliminate terrorists.

Source: intoday.in, November 25, 2017

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