Rais Bhuiyan Will Continue Fight to Save Attacker's Life After Supreme Court Passes

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Rais Bhuiyan. Photo by Alex Scott
On Monday Mark Stroman, the white supremacist who shot three men he believed were of Middle Eastern descent, killing two, lost another appeal to prevent his execution, which is scheduled for July 20 in Huntsville. The Supreme Court declined, without comment, to review his case, after the Fifth Court of Appeals denied his motion to stay the execution.

Shortly after the news broke, we called Rais Bhuiyan, Stroman's only living victim -- and the man who's been fighting to save his attacker's life. Turns out he didn't call back immediately because he was in New York, doing another round of publicity to promote his website, World Without Hate, which advocates for the commutation of Stroman's sentence to life in prison.

"Time is getting too short," Bhuiyan tells Unfair Park, when asked for his response to the court's decision not to intervene.

He says he's spoken to Stroman's defense attorney, who's preparing a new appeal, this time with statements from Bhuiyan and the family of another victim, Waqar Hasan, who also oppose Stroman's execution.

"I'm hopeful that the new appeal will not be denied and they will at least take a look, maybe see something different," Bhuiyan says.

We asked: If Stroman loses all his appeals, will Bhuiyan attend the execution?

"Right now, I have not thought about that," he says. "I'm still very hopeful we would not have to face that kind of result on July 20. I hope, since the victims came forward and we're doing everything possible, I'm very hopeful we will achieve our goal. I'm not thinking about the negative things."

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Linny Meakins
Linny Meakins

http://www.reprieve.org.uk/pre...   Please click on this link and see what is really happening because of the Texas Justice System. Google 'Law of Parties' combine that with the fact that the Texas Justice system is corrupt, the people arrested are given 'idiots and inexperienced Attorneys' and actually, there are innocent people dying (IN AGONY) because of the 'Law of Parties', WATCH OUT! ONE DAY, GOD FORBID, THIS MAY BE YOU!! If you are in a car with a 'friend' you don't really know, and they get in a argument and shoot or stab someone while you are sitting waiting for them in a car...Not a fairy story, it's happening!! You too will be sitting on Polunsky Death Row waiting for your execution date, you will be powerless, they won't be interested in the fact that you are innocent!!...There are lots of people on Death Row right now in that position, they're had it!  The good people of Texas, Wake Up! This is 2011 not the fucking 'Dark Ages'. Take these people off the street and throw away the key for sure, but killing them, sorry, but there are too many mistakes being made, it's not fool proof, innocent people are dying (I repeat, IN AGONY). And it does not give the innocent people a chance to obtain proper Legal Representation once they receive their execution date, by then it's a done deal, they're as good as DEAD!

Linny Meakins
Linny Meakins

I am a friend of both Mark Stroman & Rais Bhuiyan. I have read the comments here and wish to comment. Firstly this is the message Mark sent to Rais in a recent blog which he writes on Execution Chronicles website from Death Row. “There is a man out there that has every right to hate me for what I did after the 9/11/01 events that rocked our world. This man, Rais, has come to the forefront in an effort to show the world how forgiveness and compassion overrule the human nature of hate. I’m envious of his actions and his kindness speaks volumes. He is an example that the human race should follow. Rais, I'm deeply touched by all you have said and that’s from my heart and soul.”Rais is touring the USA to raise public awareness of the need to stop hate and for there to be peace amongst Nations. He does not want Mark to be executed, nor he says, does the families of his victims. Rais is now planning to tour Europe and come to England next week.Due to my connections in the music industry, I am arranging a World Peace Day concert to commemorate the 10th Anniversary year of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre, dedicated to the USA citizens that tragically lost their lives as a message in support of Rais & Marks quest for peace. Mark Ströman is a unique human being that is capable of inspiring a person to want to be a better person. I now strongly believe in 'reform' in prisons being possible, which I had never believed in before. Mark Ströman is living proof of this. I feel as do other people who have come in contact with him during his 9 plus years of incarceration, (including a retired Prosecution Attorney), that Mark would have a valuable role from within prison to council 'Young Offenders'. What better person to do this than Mark, who has experienced the terrible life of being on Death Row, who has seen men walk their final walk and has himself reformed dramatically through finding his faith. He is an excellent and inspirational communicator so could deliver a powerful message for reform. Please see a quote from Ilan Ziv an Israeli Film Director, that has been making an unbiased Documentary about Mark.“I could not stop myself from thinking, as I left prison, how in a different country with a different state of mind , Mark in prison and with his new insight and understanding could become a huge educational asset for young offenders . Who can have a better impact on young offenders than some one like Mark, bright as he is, and with newly gained insight into the horrible mistakes that landed him in prison. Yes, Mark with all of his tattoos and “red neck” lingo could reach young offenders much more effective than any correctional officer or councillor. I am sure he could save many from a fate similar to his.” Now I would like to advise you, if I may, of probably the most important reason that I am using my time writing this.My Mum, Margaret Meakins is 78 years old and has been suffering from 'severe depression' since my beloved Father Peter, died 7 years ago. She has been living 'in care' for 5 of those years as was unable to 'cope' living alone, as she would not go out, or speak to friends or feed herself. Nothing the Doctors, hospital Consultants, or my sister Elaine or myself did helped her overcome this 'illness'.About 3 years ago, her Carer, Valerie , suggested she wrote to the Prisoner she was herself writing to on Death Row, Mark Ströman. She had been, she said, writing to him for some time and that she felt the contact with him would lift Mums spirits and give her a purpose in life again. I started to read, with her permission, some of the letters. I have to say, I could not believe it. This man's letters were so full of encouragement, compassion, positive advice and funny little anectdotes that made my old mum laugh so hard , unbelievable, I hadn't heard her laugh like that for several years. The letters became weekly, then sometimes even twice weekly. Mark and my old Mum have built up a very strong bond during those 3 years, they both confide to each other their innermost thoughts and fears. They entrust to each other, precious personal family photographs. She calls Mark her 'Texas Rooster' . Mums health as so much improved due to Marks support, that just 5 weeks ago, she moved into her own little home once more, something our family never thought we'd see again. We owe a massive debt of gratitude to Mark for this. In the middle of that prison of death, himself waiting to die, he found it in himself to care for a random old lady and by doing so has changed what remains of her life. I know if Mark is executed this will be the end of my old Mum, it is a sad situation. Texas is pro death penalty so it is an uphill battle that we are fighting. The 3 drug cocktail that is used is ineffective and the prisoners are dying in agony FACT! Visit www.reprieve.org.uk they are a charity based human rights organisation doing wonderful work worldwide but be prepared for a wake up!

Mike
Mike

Mr. Stroman is the only person involved that exercised Might is Right.  It is the State of Texas that will punish him, not the victims.  No facts seem to be in dispute since Mr. Bhuiyan knows who assaulted him and killed his friends.  It is probably good for Mr. Bhuiyan to forgive this murderer since he must move on with his life.  Focusing on this loser is likely destructive.  The State of Texas, on the other hand, does not carry that baggage.  He did the crime.  It's now time to pay. 

If being in prison was worse than death for Mr. Stroman, I'd expect he would not ask for it.  On this one I'll defer to his obviously greater amount of experience for a ranking and opt for the worse penalty.

Anon
Anon

My sibling was violently killed by another person  a chronic criminal) simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

I hope we as a society do not judge crime victims or their surviving relatives for wanting justice, including the death penalty.  I hope victims and their relatives are not judged as compassionless. 

What if "compassion" and "forgivenss" free a criminal to kill another victim?Had my sibling's murderer been held accountable for his numerous other crimes, my sibling might not now be in a grave.  Forever.  Because that's what death means: forever.  Life in prison can be undone by a "compassionate" judge.  Too bad death can't be.

Mr. Bhuiyan is coping with his horrible ordeal in a way meaningful to him, but I'm sure even he would not want his choice to become the standard for all victims and the relatives left behind to remind others that they were human beings too.

Mr. Danger--I don't completely disagree with your sentiments and I do respect your viewpoint.  I'd just like to point out the fine line involved.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Ive said it before: For a man who nearly lost his life to not only forgive his attacker but to go to his aid to prevent his death shows something that is lacking in our "might is right" society: Compassion. Im of the belief putting a party to death doesnt solve one thing, as there is never really "closure" after losing someone to such a violent crime, no matter what people say.. Locking Mr. Strongman in prison for his crimes is a far more proper punishment due to the fact he'll have to deal with the repercussions of his crimes until the day he dies, which to me is a far worse punishment than getting an "easy way out" by losing his life..

scottindallas
scottindallas

Why should we throw 5 lifers on the street for killing this man?  It costs 5-7 times more to put a man to death than it does to let him rot in jail till he dies.  I don't care about much else, I don't like big showy productions, (featuring teams of lawyers, who, to their credit have found a few innocent men--so it's hard to deny the need for this step)--those showy productions are something I associate with the crowd we won't let marry, not those preventing them from doing so.  

scottindallas
scottindallas

I think your comments are fair, but when it comes to the broad and blind (remember the blindfolded statue of "Justice") policy, we really don't let the victims decide, and we shouldn't.  I can understand any range of reactions for near any offense--have someone steal your power-tools out of your truck when those are the tools of your trade.  I know most of those in my field would love to show those perps how some of our other tools work (weed-eater, machete, pick-axe are a few that come to mind).  But, justice is more modest, more considered, and bound by rights and economics that what the victims might prefer to ignore. 

Mike
Mike

If we don't allow victims to decide, then why are Bhuiyan's actions anything more than a personal story?  It's because you want it both ways:  pay attention to victims when they agree to your viewpoint, don't pay attention to them when they disagree with your viewpoint.  Per your statement, the State of TX had a modest, more considered process and decided that this person needs to leave us and move on to his next step.  We can say goodbye Mr. Stroman.  You got the greatest gift in the universe, life, and you not only squandered it, but you willfully and maliciously stole it from from other people.  Now we'll take from you what you took from them.  Fair is fair.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I look at it this way Mike: If we allow famlies of victims to decide the accused fates, it would undermind the US justice system and our way of life. Instead of an impartial and just process involving trial and punishment, we would have people accused, tried, convicted and hung all in the same week with little to no evidence backing up claims save hysterical testimony of a family whos in mourning. Thats why we have our system of justice, even if its not perfect.

When it comes to capital punishment, i'll admit im against it, not for the reasoning that its a waste of money or the fact it hasnt deterred crime, but my faith. Ive been taught that noone has the right to take life as punishment save God. Its the way ive always believed and will continue to until the day I pass onto my great reward.

Lastly mike, nothing in life is ever "fair", only "just" and "unjust", I learned that from a government teacher in my senior year of highschool.

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