(MONTGOMERY, AL, 2/6/2019) - The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals to grant a stay of execution for Muslim inmate of Domineque "Hakim" Ray in Alabama due to his request to have an Islamic religious leader, or imam, present at his execution.
SEE: Court Grants Muslim Death Row Inmate Stay of Execution
Read the Decision: https://tinyurl.com/StayOrder
Last week, CAIR-Alabama issued a statement in support of Ray’s request. Ray says the absence of an imam with him in the death chamber would violate his constitutional rights because the state has included a Christian prison chaplain at previous executions.
SEE: CAIR Supports Alabama Muslim Death Row Inmate’s Request for Imam at Execution
[NOTE: CAIR has in the past called for a state and national moratorium on the death penalty because “studies have clearly demonstrated that poor and minority defendants are more likely to be sentenced to death than members of the majority society who have adequate access to legal representation.” SEE: https://tinyurl.com/DeathPenaltyMoratorium ]
"We welcome this decision and hope Mr. Ray will ultimately be provided equal access to spiritual guidance," said Ali Massoud, government affairs coordinator for CAIR-Alabama.
At Ray’s request, the state recently agreed to not have a Christian prison chaplain present as is customary for inmates on death row. But officials have refused to allow a religious leader from his faith community to be at his side during the execution. A judge is expected to rule on the issue today.
SEE: Alabama Agrees to Nix Christian Chaplain in Muslim Inmate's Execution
Judge to Rule Friday In Case on Death Row Inmate’s Muslim Spiritual Adviser
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: Ali Massoud, government affairs coordinator for CAIR-Alabama, firstname.lastname@example.org, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com