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Anthony Ray Hinton was mowing the lawn at his mother's house in 1985 when Alabama police came to arrest him for 2 murders he did not commit. One took place when he was working the night shift at a Birmingham warehouse. Yet the state won a death sentence, based on 2 bullets it falsely claimed matched a gun found at his mother's home. In his powerful new memoir, "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row," Hinton describes how racism and a system stacked against the poor were the driving forces behind his conviction. He also writes about the unique and unexpected bonds that can form on death row, and in particular about his relationship with Henry Hays, a former Klansman sentenced to death for a notorious lynching in 1981. Hays died in the electric chair in 1997 - 1 of 54 people executed in Alabama while Hinton was on death row.
After almost 30 years, Hinton was finally exonerated in 2015, thanks to the Equal Justice Initiative, or EJI. On April 27…

Malaysian, Indonesians arrested in Bali with meth hidden in rectum

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A Malaysian has been arrested in Bali for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs onto the resort island.The police found crystal methamphetamine hidden in his rectum.

AA, 23, was arrested by Ngurah Rai Airport customs and excise officers on March 11 upon his arrival at the international airport via Thai AirAsia FD 396 from Bangkok. AA was arrested along with his two Indonesian friends, S, 24, and AP, 25, who also brought drugs into Bali. 

AA, S and AP were looking suspicious when they were passing the security check at the customs desk of the airport's international terminal.

"X-ray scanning showed that there were suspicious things in their bodies and among their belongings," Ngurah Rai Customs and Excise office head Himawan Indarjono told a press conference on Monday. 

Following the X-ray, the police took them to the customs and excise room for a further check, including a body search. Customs officers found 36.2 grams methamphetamine in AA's bag. A body search yielded three small packets of methamphetamine weighing 36.25 grams, 33.73 grams and 20.73 grams. "All those three packets were hidden in his rectum," Himawan said. 

A body search on S and AP also revealed drugs hidden in both of their rectums. From S, customs seized four small packets of meth, weighing 42.32 g, 44.81 g, 39.66 g and 38.78 g.

Officers found four packets of meth on AP — two in her rectum and two others in her vagina. In total she allegedly carried about 140 g of meth.

The three suspects are now facing drug charges, which carry a death penalty. 

Source: The Jakarta Post, March 26, 2018


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