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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…

Death penalty for Sirul may be swapped with jail term, says Malaysia's PM

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the government might revoke the death sentence on Sirul Azhar Umar, who was convicted in the 2006 murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, in order to facilitate his extradition from Australia.

“Sirul cannot return to Malaysia because Australia won’t allow someone facing capital punishment to return home,” Mahathir told reporters at a press conference here today.

“We may revoke the death sentence, but replace it with a jail term,” he added.

Mahathir’s comments followed a report by The Guardian claiming that Australia had approved Malaysia’s request for Sirul to be sent back.

The report, which quoted sources, said the request was granted after Malaysia agreed to cover the costs, adding that Sirul was expected to leave Australia within a month.

However, Mahathir said the government had not yet officially asked Australia to extradite Sirul.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin meanwhile told news portal Malaysiakini on the sidelines of the press conference that he had no knowledge of the report.

Altantuya, 28, was killed and blown up with military grade explosives in a forest on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

Sirul, who was convicted of the murder in 2009, was sentenced to hang together with his accomplice, Azilah Hadri.

They were released when an appeals court overturned the conviction in 2013 after raising questions about how their trial was conducted.

However, the Federal Court upheld their death sentences in 2015. Sirul fled the country ahead of that judgment and has been held at an Australian immigration detention centre in Sydney for the past three years.

Source: FMT News, June 8, 2018


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