Muslim prisoner from Alabama, who argued that his religious rights are being violated because his demand for having an imam by his side was denied, has been executed.
42 years old Domineque Ray was sentenced to death in 1999 for his involvement in 1995 rape and murder of a teenage girl named Tiffany Harville in Selma, Alabama. Marcus Owden, his co-defendant in the case, is serving life without parole. He converted to Islam in prison in 2006.
His execution denying his right or imam is being viewed as a clear case of religious discrimination, as Chaplin is preset at the concluding time for Christian prisoners.
“Due to the nature of his crime, the decision of a jury to condemn him to death and because our legal system has worked as designed, Mr. Ray’s sentence was carried out” – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey revealed in a statement.
Alabama’s policy is to have a Christian Chaplain in the room who kneels next to the prisoner on the death row and prays with him he is asked to do so. Ray and his attorneys petitioned the supreme court at the end of last month to have the chaplain excluded from the room. Ray wanted to replace him with an imam to pray for his spiritual guidance and relief.
“Domineque was a devout Muslim and a human being. He was a son, a father, a brother. He wanted equal treatment in his last moments. I am beyond appalled at the willingness of Steve Marshall and the State of Alabama to treat a human being differently because he was part of a religious minority. We are better than this” – Ray’s attorney Spencer Hahn said.
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