C&C has received the following letter from Ali Aziz. His brother and sister were murdered by Abdul Hamin Awkal, and he requests assistance, writing letters:
I am urgently in need for your help concerning the brutal murder of my beloved brother and sister which took place on January 7, 1992 at the County Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Details of this gruesome and heinous crime can easily be found on the internet once you google the name Awkal (murder). [Editor's note: See links below the letter.]
It has been 21 years of aggravation, stress, and constant agony until an execution date was finally set for Abdul Awkal on June 6, 2012. Unfortunately, this criminal since day one has been feigning insanity and mental illness, by malingering and manipulating psychiatrists. His defense attorney, David Singleton, who is a big opponent of the death penalty, used his connections to rally support for this criminal and so far he has succeeded by using facebook, youtube, and having high profile individuals such as the William Robinson (President of the American Bar Association) and executive director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to write articles against executing a man with mental illness. In addition, David Singleton sought the help of a forensic psychiatrist, who is an outspoken opponent of the death penalty, by the name of Dr. Pablo Stewart, who stated that this criminal is incompetent to be executed due to severe mental illness.
The unfortunate part is that no one is mentioning the victims or their families or anything related to justice for the victims. The focus is saving this criminal's life, yet he robbed two individuals in their twenties of their lives and stated in a Fox Interview from 1998 that he would repeat the murders "a million times." He has shown absolutley no remorse. He is not insane, he is a liar and a manipulator and above all a big malingerer.
I am very helpless. I need your help in bringing the victim's rights, points of views to the media at both the national and state levels by contacting Ohio Governor John Kasich's office, Cuyahoga county prosecutors in Ohio, local newspapers across Ohio.
They are ignoring the rights of the victims and the continued suffering of their family. The victims have been forgotten and the focus is on the perpetrator. We need to stand out for these people who are doing nothing but encouraging crime and creating an environment for criminals to be set free. The public has to be awrae of these facts and your help is urgently needed. I can't do it on my own. A hearing has been scheduled for June 12, 2012 to assess this criminal's mental competency after Ohio Governor John Kasich issued a 2 week reprieve until June 20, 2012. Please help out, send articles, and educate the Ohio residents about this vicious and brutal crime as soon as possible. Time is of the essence.
Please refer to these articles that have been written in support of the murder, Abdul Awkal.
Mentally ill inmate shouldn't be executed; Terry Russell is executive director of NAMI Ohio, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120603/EDIT/306030092/Mentally-ill-inmate-shouldn-t-executed
Exercise caution before executing the severely mentally ill: William T. Robinson III, President of the American Bar Association http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/06/exercise_caution_before_execut.html
God Bless you all
Brother of the victims
For more information on this case, see this article by Aaron Marshall in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Clemency Report from the Ohio Parole Board, recommending 8-1 against clemency.
Among the findings of all but one of the parole board members:
"Contrary to the claim of spontaneity, this was a planned murder."The ABA president says we should exercise caution. Of course, but Ohio has exercised caution. He complains that no court has examined the claims. Courts have no more expertise than parole boards in making these determinations. Both listen to the evaluations of mental health experts, who often have conflicting opinions, and judge their relative credibility.
"The murder was not the result of any psychotic breakdown."
"Doctors Noffsinger, Resnick and Piel recently concluded that Awkal is competent to be executed."
Governor Kasich's contact info is here.
Update: See also Alex Samsonov's comment and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's opposition to the stay request.