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Muslim Man Executed After US Court Denies Request for Imam's Presence

Muslim Man Executed After US Court Denies Request for Imam's Presence

Friday, 8 February, 2019 - 14:45
This undated handout photograph obtained February 4, 2019, courtesy of the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Domineque Ray, 42, a Muslim death row inmate. Ray the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Ray’s execution could go forward Thursday after he won a last-minute stay of execution on February 6, 2019, when a federal court ruled that his constitutional rights had been violated because the state of Alabama refused to provide an imam to accompany him into the death chamber. Ray was executed Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. | Alabama Department of Corrections
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A Muslim man was executed in Alabama on Thursday, as originally scheduled, after the US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to allow the execution, denying his request for an imam's presence in the execution chamber.

Attorneys for Domineque Ray, 42, had argued that Alabama's execution policy favored Christian inmates because a chaplain is allowed in the room, often kneeling next to the death row prisoner, and praying with the inmate if requested.

Ray was executed by lethal injection at 10:12 p.m., a spokesman of the Department of Corrections told Reuters in an email. No other information was immediately available.

Ray's imam, Yusef Maisonet, watched the execution from an adjoining witness room, multiple media reports said, including the Birmingham News.

Ray's execution was to have been temporarily delayed because he asked his imam to replace the chaplain in the death chamber.

On Wednesday, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to stay the planned execution to weigh Ray's arguments, but the state of Alabama quickly appealed that decision to the Supreme Court, which overturned the Circuit Court.

Ray was sentenced to death in 1999 for the killing of Tiffany Harville, 15, who disappeared from her Selma, Alabama home in July 1995.

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