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Ohio to Execute Mentally Ill Man, Abdul Awkal, Next Week

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On June 6, Ohio is scheduled to execute Abdul Awkal (pictured left, with his attorney David Singleton) for the murder of his estranged wife and brother-in-law, unless Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) grants clemency, or a court steps in to stop the execution.

However, Awka has a history of mental illness, reports WOIO-TV.

After surviving a civil war in Lebanon as a teen, Awka came to live in the U.S. with family members and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.

About a year after he arrived in the United States, Awka was wrongfully accused of stealing from his employer.

He then suffered a mental breakdow and was taken to a Detroit hospital in a straitjacket. He was later released with instructions (that he disregarded) to seek psychiatric treatment.

Some time later, Abdul suffered at least one more mental breakdown during his marriage to the woman, whom he eventually killed.

A mental hospital again told him to seek psychiatric care, but he did not follow up because he could not afford treatment.

Awkal reportedly believes that he has controlled U.S. military's efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, has direct communication with the CIA, and talks to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. 

Awkal thinks he is not being executed for the crimes he committed in 1992, but rather because the CIA wants him dead.


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