Muslim prisoner executed in US after legal battle over imam’s presence

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 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. (Photo by Handout / Alabama Department of Corrections / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Alabama Department of Corrections” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS —HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images

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.

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“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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