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Texans will have an opportunity to revisit a question that should haunt anyone who believes in the integrity of our criminal justice system: Did our state execute an innocent man? 
The new film “Trial by Fire” tells the true story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was sentenced to death for setting a fire to his home in Corsicana that killed his three young daughters in 1991. The film is based on an investigative story by David Grann that appeared in the New Yorker in 2009, five years after Willingham was executed over his vociferous protestations of innocence.
In my experience of serving 8 years on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and 4 years as a state district judge in Travis County, the Willingham case stands out to me for many of the same reasons it stood out to filmmaker Edward Zwick, who calls it a veritable catalogue of everything that’s wrong with the criminal justice system and, especially, the death penalty. False testimony, junk science, a jailhouse informant, and ineffe…

Saudi Arabia beheads Indonesian worker despite Jokowi’s pleas for clemency

Medieval and barbaric: Public beheading in KSA.
Saudi Arabia has beheaded an Indonesian migrant worker for murder despite President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s repeated pleas that the man be granted clemency.

M. Zaini Misrin from Bangkalan, East Java, was executed on Sunday, according to Migrant Care, an Indonesian organization focusing on the welfare of Indonesian migrant workers.

Zaini, who worked as a driver, was sentenced to death on Nov. 17, 2008, after being found guilty of murdering his employer, Abdullah bin Umar Munammad Al Sindy. He was arrested on Jul. 13, 2004.

Migrant Care suspected that the 53-year-old Bangkalan resident had been forced to confess to the murder.

The group further claimed that Zaini did not receive legal assistance during his trial and was only accompanied by a translator believed to be complicit in forcing him to confess to the crime he claimed he did not commit.

The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘T is mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown:

- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

“Saudi Arabia also did not notify Indonesia [about the execution] either through the consulate general in Jeddah or the Foreign Ministry," the group said in a statement released on Monday.


President Widodo requested clemency for Indonesians on KSA's death row on three occasions


The quality of mercyThe Indonesian Foreign Ministry confirmed the execution and Migrant Care’s claim that it was not notified by Riyadh beforehand about Zaini’s beheading.

President Jokowi has requested that Zaini and other Indonesians on death row in Saudi Arabia be granted clemency on at least three occasions: During his visit to  Riyadh in September 2015, during King Salman’s visit to Jakarta in March 2017 and through a letter sent to the Islamic kingdom in November 2017.  

The Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah had also requested that Zaini’s case be reviewed and a reinvestigation was conducted between 2011 and 2014, according to Migrant Care.

The legal efforts, however, failed to overturn his conviction. 

Source: Jakarta Post, Agnes Anya, March 19, 2018



Migrant Care: Death Execution against Zaini Misrin in Saudi Arabia Violates Human Rights


"The fate of Indonesian migrant workers is really tragic."JAKARTA, NNC - The fate of Indonesian Migrant Workers in the destination countries is really tragic. 

Those who are touted as the heroes of the foreign exchange proceeds of the state who risk their lives for the family and the country as the recipients of foreign exchange continue to experience tragic fate. 

Even lose their life.

Saudi Arabia has executed death sentence against Zaini Misrin, Indonesian migrant worker from Bangkalan, Madura East Java, Sunday (3/18/2018) at 11 am local time.

According to the statements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, the authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia did not inform about this execution (submitting mandatory consular notification) to the representatives of the Republic of Indonesia.

The execution of Zaini Misrin is considered a form of human rights violation.

Zaini Misrin said he was forced to admit to killing after suffering pressure and intimidation from Saudi authorities. In court proceedings until being sentenced to death penalty, Zaini Misrin also did not get a neutral and impartial translator.

In this regard, Migrant CARE with the Indonesian Migrant Workers' Union, the Migrant Worker Network and the Human Rights Working Group will stage protests against the execution by Saudi Arabia against migrant workers from Indonesia who have acted unjustly to the workers.

The protests of humanitarian activists will be delivered through the mass media in today's press conference at the office of Migrant Care, Cempaka Putih, East Jakarta.

This protest aims for all law enforcement parties everywhere in this world to obey, respect and honor the Human Rights which have been agreed with the United Nations (UN).

"We invite journalist friends to attend the Press Conference Addressing the Dead Execution against Zaini Misrin," said Migrant Care Director, Wahyu Susilo.

Source: netralnews.com, March 19, 2018


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