US set to execute Mexican in defiance of international court
"The US Supreme Court Has ruled That the International Court Has No Jurisdiction In This Country !"
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a last-minute appeal to the United States Tuesday to halt the scheduled execution of a Mexican national sentenced to death for murder in defiance of an International Court of Justice (ICJ) order.
Jose Ernesto Medellin, 33, was due to be executed by lethal injection at 2300 GMT in the state of Texas. He was convicted of the 1993 rape and murder of two teenagers and is one 51 Mexican nationals on death row in the United States.
Medellin was sentenced to die for the rape and murder of two teenage girls -- aged 14 and 16 respectively -- in 1993 in Houston. The girls happened upon Medellin, who was 19 at the time, as he was engaged in a street gang initiation rite.
Less than 12 hours before Medellin's planned execution, Ban called on the US government to abide by an ICJ ruling calling for the executions of all Mexican nationals to be suspended.
"All decisions and orders of the International Court of Justice must be respected by states," Ban warned on local television in Mexico City where he was attending a world AIDS conference.