Foreign Nationals

Executions of Foreign Nationals

Confirmed Foreign Nationals Executed Since 1976

With the exception of Angel Maturino Resendiz, all indications are that none of these executed individuals were informed by U.S. authorities upon arrest of their right to have their consulate notified of their detention, as required under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. In several instances, prisoners on this list did not learn of their right to request consular assistance for more than a decade, by which time the treaty violation was considered by the appellate courts to be a procedurally defaulted claim. Cases indicated with (#) are those in which the consular notification issue was raised on appeal or in clemency proceedings (major appellate opinions on consular rights are in brackets).

Foreign Nationals with Scheduled Execution Dates


Deaths in Custody

12/26/2002 Claude Maturana France Arizona
3/5/2006 Anibal Garcia Rousseau Cuba Texas
7/26/2009 Miguel Angel Martinez Mexico California
3/7/2013 German Sinisterra Columbia Federal
4/26/2015 Benito Albarran Ocampo Mexico Alabama
9/7/2017 Alberto Carreon Martinez Mexico Arizona

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