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NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

Somalia's al Shabaab executes 5 men accused of spying

(File photo) Al-Shabaab militants executed by firing squad by Somali authorities
Somalia's al Shabaab Islamists on Tuesday shot 5 men in a public execution, including a Somali British citizen accused of spying, a sign of the insurgents' control of southern swathes of the country, even as authorities step up efforts to combat them.

Al Shabaab's grip on the Horn of Africa nation has been weakening since it was pushed out of the capital by African Union peacekeepers in 2011, but the government and the U.S. military are beefing up an offensive against it.

"5 of them were publicly shot to death this afternoon after they admitted espionage before the court," said Mohamed Abu Abdalla, al Shabaab's governor for the Jubba regions.

"Awale Ahmed Mohamed, 32 spied for MI6 and he came from Britain to Somalia to establish Islamic State," he told Reuters late on Tuesday.

3 of the men spied for the United States and helped guide drones to carry out strikes in Somalia, while a 4th spied for the Somali government, he added.

The government did not return telephone calls from Reuters to seek comment.

The U.S. drones often carry out strikes against the Somali militants, with the U.S. military saying it killed 1 militant in an air strike in southern Somalia over the weekend.

Al Shabaab is trying to overthrow Somalia's weak, U.N.-backed government and impose a strict form of Islamic law.

The country has been torn apart by civil war since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew a dictator before turning on each other.

Source: Reuters, October 10, 2018


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