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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? 
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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 national executed for shooting and killing man in Asir

Saudi police officers
The execution sentence was carried out on Monday in the city of Abha

A Saudi national was executed in the kingdom for shooting and killing a man in the region of Asir, the kingdom’s interior ministry announced on Monday.

Gibran bin Salem bin Joueid al-Qahtani shot and killed Omar bin Mohammed bin Muraya al-Qahtani due to a dispute between them, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Security authorities arrested the offender and following an investigation, he was charged with the crime referred him to the criminal court.

The court found him guilty and sentenced him to death and the ruling was upheld by the appeals court and the Supreme Court.

The execution sentence was carried out on Monday in the city of Abha in the Asir region.

The interior ministry asserted the keenness of the government “to maintain security and achieve justice” and punish violators of such heinous crimes.

Saudi Arabia uses the death penalty for several offences including murder, drug-related crimes, homosexuality and terrorism.

According to Amnesty International, the kingdom executed 146 people in 2017.

Warning: Graphic content

Public execution in Saudi Arabia

Source: gulfbusiness.com, September 3, 2018

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