Aisha al-Hamzi, 40, was executed by firing squad in Yemen for the murder of her husband. She insisted that she killed her husband after he molested their oldest daughter, who is now 14. Notably, she would have been spared if any of her seven children asked for a pardon. Critics blame the husband’s family for pressuring the children in their control not to ask for a pardon. In the meantime, another woman was executed by beheading in Saudi Arabia.
al-Hamzi was sentenced to death in 2003. The daughter signed a statement accusing her father of abuse, but later withdrew the allegation. Human rights groups fought for her pardon.
Two children attended the execution and, when she tried to hug them, they pushed her away.
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