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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…

Bangladesh seeks death penalty for methamphetamine traffickers

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Bangladesh seized more than 40 million methamphetamine pills in 2017.

DHAKA: Bangladesh wants to punish methamphetamine traffickers with the death penalty, officials said Thursday, as authorities confront the growing popularity of the dangerous and addictive drug.

The proposal to crack down on the spread of methamphetamine comes after Bangladesh seized more than 40 million pills of the narcotic in 2017 – double the previous year.

Authorities want to elevate methamphetamine to a Class A banned substance, meaning traffickers would face the death penalty instead of life behind bars.

Bangladesh law enforcement say the drugs are smuggled across Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar.

Jamaluddin Ahmed, the head of Bangladesh’s narcotics control department, said traffickers had been more active since August, when Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar began pouring into Bangladesh.

Gangs had been using the Rohingya as mules and hiding drugs in fishing boats used to ferry the persecuted Muslims to safety.

Raids of fishing boats have uncovered huge hauls of the drug.

Authorities said last week that nine million methamphetamine tablets were seized in less than three months as the refugee influx reached its peak. Nearly two million pills were discovered in a single haul.

Towfique Uddin Ahmed, a director at the narcotics control department, said authorities estimate US$600 million (RM2.3 billion) worth of methamphetamine could be sold on Bangladesh’s streets this year.

One senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said “drastic action” like the violent crackdown on drug users and dealers in the Philippines could be needed to stamp out the drug.

“Some (traffickers) should be put in the crosshairs. We have come to that point,” he said.

Source: Agence France-Presse, April 5, 2018


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