Halt Execution of Man Sentenced For Crime Commited as a Juvenile

Target: President Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi

Goal: To halt the execution of a Yemeni national who was sentenced to death for a crime committed before he turned 18.

Muhammad Abdul Wahhab Faysal al-Qassem, a Yemeni national, has been informed that he will be executed on the 10th of February in Yemen for murder. The General Prosecution staff also informed him he had a week at the time of the visit to see his family, write a will and seek a pardon from the family of the murder victim.

Muhammad Abdul Wahhab Faysal al-Qassem was convicted of a murder that took place in February 1998 and sentenced to death seven years later in February of 2005. He has exhausted all forms of appeal, as the Supreme Court and the President have upheld his death sentence in the last year.

Mr. al-Oassem maintains that he was under 18 at the time of the murder. He insists that the court determined he was 18 based upon falsified copies of school reports and a 2004 medical exam that he claims never took place. Court records show that the court dismissed a copy of his birth records even though it had been gathered from the Personal Status Department, which is responsible for such records. The birth certificate was issued eight years before the killing and should be recognized as legitimate.

As he is currently being held in the city of Ibb, Mr. al-Oassem’s most basic human right, the right to life, is about to be violated. The Yemeni legislative system should be able to see that it has made a mistake in sentencing the prisoner to death as it is against international standards to execute those who committed capital crimes while under the age of 18. Sign this petition to demand the immediate suspension of Mr. al-Oassem’s sentence.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi,

The execution of Muhammad Abdul Wahhab Faysal al-Qassem must be halted. There is overwhelming evidence that indicates that he was under the age of 18 at the time of the murder. According to international law, he may not be executed for crimes committed before the age of 18. At the time of his sentencing, the court dismissed a valid, government-issued birth certificate that showed that Mr. al-Oassem was under the age of 18 when he committed the crime he is accused of.

By executing Muhammad Abdul Wahhab Faysal al-Qassem your government will be violating his most basic human right, the right to life. I ask you to indefinitely suspend his death sentence and to set a date for a new hearing.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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