The country’s 12 religious parties called the protests after the Friday prayers in nearly half a million mosques nationwide, demanding the execution of bloggers they say were behind blasphemous writings against Islam and Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
One person was killed during the clashes in western district of Jhenidah, district police chief Altaf Hossain told AFP, adding that hundreds of protesters also clashed with ruling party activists.
“The person, most probably a supporter of an Islamic party, died on the way to hospital,” he said.
Fierce clashes also occurred in the port city of Chittagong, the northern city of Bogra and dozens of other cities and towns where police fired rubber bullets at thousands of protesters, leaving scores injured, police and local media said.
In Dhaka violence broke out outside the Baitul Mukarram national mosque, where the protesters also attacked around a dozen journalists.
Police tried to thwart the protest by locking the gates of the mosque where thousands of people were performing their weekly Jumma prayers, an AFP photographer at the scene said.
Sayeed Khan, an emergency doctor at Dhaka medical college hospital, told AFP that up to 50 people had been admitted, most injured by rubber bullets.
“Several cases are very critical,” he said.
Tensions have risen in the Muslim-majority nation over the alleged anti-Islamic blog posts by Ahmed Rajib Haider, who was hacked to death last week near his home in the capital Dhaka.
Reuters) - India hanged Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the only militant to have survived the 2008 attacks on the financial capital Mumbai, the Home Ministry said on Wednesday.
In August, India’s Supreme Court upheld Kasab’s death sentence over the attack on a string of targets in Mumbai that killed 166 people. Kasab was a Pakistani national.
“Ajmal Kasab was executed at 7.30 this morning,” Home ministry spokesman K. S. Dhatwalia said.
The execution at Yerawada Prison in Pune, near Mumbai, came just hours after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected a mercy plea by Kasab, who had said he belonged to the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
It was the first time a capital sentence had been carried out in India since 2004.
Three days before Independence Day, Milton Hall died in a fusillade of police gunfire outside a strip mall.
He had been arguing with officers in a parking lot next to a shuttered Chinese restaurant when he was shot, in full view of passing motorists and while he was holding some sort of knife. Saginaw County Prosecutor Michael Thomas said later that the squad of police confronting him opened fire “because apparently, at this point in time, he was threatening to assault police.”
Thomas’ office and the Michigan State Police are investigating Hall’s death. Saginaw Police Chief Gerald Cliff said Hall was “known to be an assaultive person” with “a long history” of contacts with law enforcement, “not only with police from our department but with the county.”
Hall’s cousin, Mike Washington, acknowledged Hall had been jailed for minor offenses like vagrancy in the past, but, “He was not violent.” And Hall’s mother is growing impatient with the probe and questions why police opened fire so furiously on her son, whom she said was mentally ill.
“It appeared to be a firing squad dressed in police uniforms,” Jewel Hall told CNN from her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. “There was another way. They did not have to kill him. He had not done anything. He was not violent. He was not a murderer. He was not a criminal.”
Watch the video. Unacceptable.
The website I saw the video at is not CNN who purchased the video. I have no idea about this website, but looked at it, it seems legit and on point.
Whatever. This is happening in our country so often. If there wasn’t video, we would never hear a word about it.
(Oh, when I filed this under “crime” it’s not meant to mean Milton’s, it’s meant to be the PD)
Cult leader Michael Ryan could be Nebraska’s first death row inmate to die of lethal injection now that the state has obtained a new supply of a drug necessary to carry out the execution.
Attorney General Jon Bruning asked the Nebraska Supreme Court on Thursday to set an execution date for Ryan, convicted in the 1985 murders of two cult members at a survivalist compound near Rulo, Neb.
“The State of Nebraska is prepared to conduct a constitutional execution and requests this court to order the enforcement of Ryan’s sentence of death,” said Bruning’s high court filing.
Because Nebraska previously had obtained one of three lethal injection drugs from an unlicensed source in India, the courts earlier this year blocked an attempt to execute another death row inmate.
But on Thursday, the Nebraska Department of Corrections announced it had purchased $5,411 worth of sodium thiopental from a pharmaceutical company in Switzerland.
The powerful sedative is no longer manufactured in the United States and can be difficult to find abroad. Nebraska recently acquired two batches of the drug totaling 485 grams.
“With the receipt of this chemical, (the state) stands ready to fulfill its statutory obligation with regard to capital punishment,” Corrections Director Robert Houston said in a statement.
When Ryan was sentenced in 1986, the state’s method of execution was the electric chair. But in 2008, electrocution was ruled cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Nebraska lawmakers switched to lethal injection in a special session in 2009.
Austin, Tex — Texas, the state that executes more inmates than any other, said on Wednesday it will follow Oklahoma and switch one of its lethal injection drugs to a sedative often used to euthanize animals.
“It has been used by Oklahoma in their execution process, so there is a precedent there,” said Michelle Lyons, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “Its use was upheld by the courts, so we’re confident it would be upheld by courts for use in Texas.”
The new drug, pentobarbital, will replace sodium thiopental in the Texas execution protocol. The change was necessary because Hospira Inc. of Illinois announced in January that it would stop making the anesthetic after Italy objected to Hospira manufacturing an execution drug in that country.
Since then, Ohio has also made the switch to pentobarbital, though its lethal injection protocol differs from that of Oklahoma and Texas. Ohio uses only pentobarbital while Texas and Oklahoma use a three-drug cocktail.
The Iranian regime continues to eliminate leading figures from the 2009 social protest movement, known as the “green wave”, causing few ripples across the world. The authorities confirmed that this morning two political activists, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei, were hanged, the Tehran prosecutor’s office announced. They had been arrested during the demonstrations against President Ahmadinejad’s re-election. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had urged Iranian authorities to show clemency but to no avail.
The infamous antisemite, anti-gay and white supremacist Spisak wimps out when facing execution. Now he claims he’s insane.
A prisoner with Nazi sympathies who has spent 27 years on Death Row for killing three men at Cleveland State University is asking the state’s new governor for mercy. His attorneys contend that a severe mood disorder went undiagnosed for decades.
If put to death Feb. 17, Frank Spisak would set the Ohio record for the longest time on Death Row before execution.
Spisak, 59, blamed the 1982 murders on his hatred of gays, blacks and Jews and also said his crimes were sparked by mental illness related to confusion about his sexual identity.
During his 1983 trial, he grew a Hitler-style mustache, carried a copy of Hitler’s book Mein Kampf during the proceedings and gave the Nazi salute to the jury.
In this village in Pakistan’s Punjab province a tearful 12-year-old girl ponders if the Pakistani government will soon hang her mother.
“Whenever I see her picture I cry,” Isham Masih told CNN. “I want my mother back. That’s what I’m praying for.”
This month a Pakistani court sentenced Isham’s mother, 45-year-old Asia Bibi, to death, not because she killed, injured or stole, but simply because she said something.
Prosecutors say Bibi, who is a Christian, broke Pakistan’s strict blasphemy law by insulting Islam and the prophet Muhammad, a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment according to Pakistan’s penal code.
The alleged incident happened in June 2009 when Bibi, a field worker, was picking fruit in a village two hours west of Lahore. Prosecutors say when Bibi dipped her cup into a bucket of drinking water during a lunch break, her co-workers complained the water had been contaminated by a non-Muslim.
The town cleric, who made the initial complaint against Bibi, called her death sentence one of the happiest moments of his life.
“Tears of joy poured from my eyes,” Qari Salim told CNN.
The clerics tears are in stark contrast to those shed by Bibi’s daughter Isham, who wants her mother to live.
Absolute, unbelievably disgusting evil.
Yep. The law is the law, and the law says the bitch has it coming. What a spineless, craven POS.
An omission in a memo given to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush may have led to the 2000 execution of an innocent man
I am in no way in favor of the death penalty in any case, but it appears Bush did not know of Claude Jones’ request for DNA testing, and a spokesperson from the Innocence Projects indicates he believes Bush would have issued the delay had he known about the request.
BTW, I just finished reading John Grisham’s “The Confession” which is about the execution of an innocent man after the real culprit confesses. I found the book sort of plodded along and felt it was not nearly as well-written as some of his other books, but it was very interesting nonetheless.
An omission in a memo given to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush may have led to the 2000 execution of an innocent man, according to an investigation by the Innocence Project, which helps exonerate wrongfully convicted inmates through DNA evidence.
The organization said today that Bush staffers never told the governor of death row inmate Claude Jones’ request to run a DNA test on a strand of hair.
The hair, which has now been proven through DNA testing not to belong to Jones, was the only physical evidence linking Jones to the 1989 murder of Allen Hilzendager, a liquor store employee in San Jacinto County, Texas
Paul Cates, the director of communication the Innocence Project, said that it is likely Bush would have stayed Jones’ execution had he been aware of the circumstances. In fact, he’d done so before for another death row inmate just months prior.
“[President Bush] had done so just a few months earlier on a case that he’d worked on and said at the time that he thought DNA testing should be done when it could help shed light on guilt or innocence,” said Cates.
I don’t know if anyone’s been paying attention to the Cameron Todd Willingham case, but Frontline has a documentary about the case, along with an interesting document dump online at the moment. The documents are displayed in a maddenly tiny embedded viewer, but there are links to downloadable PDFs.
I can’t draw any conclusions about Willingham’s guilt or innocence, and that’s exactly the problem. I have reasonable doubt, or at least nagging uncertainty. The interview with arson expert Gerald Hurst is especially troubling, as it raises all kinds of doubts about the “science” behind the original arson investigation. Before Willingham’s execution, Hurst had reviewed the case and concluded there was “no evidence of arson”, the same conclusion reached by other fire investigators. Hurst’s report was sent to governor Rick Perry’s office as well as Board of Pardons and Paroles along with Willingham’s appeal for clemency.
And Perry’s rather creepy interference with the state’s Forensic Science Commission just as it was set to review aspects of the investigation proves the old saw about the appearance of impropriety being just as damaging as actual impropriety.