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Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

Iran: Two hanged in Tehran's Evin prison for 'espionage'

Tehran's Evin prison
Tehran's Evin prison
Iran Human Rights, May 19: Two prisoners were hanged in Tehran’s Evin Prison early this morning Sunday May 19.

According to the state run Iranian news agency Fars, Kourosh Ahmadi and Mohammad Heydari were charged with espionage for giving sensitive information to the CIA and the Israeili intelligence service Mossad respectively and convicted of Moharebeh (war against the God).

Iran Human Rights (IHR) is investigating about the background of these prisoners.

Collaboration with foreign intelligence services is a charge commonly used by the Iranian authorities against journalists and political activists.

IHR strongly condemns execution of Kourosh Ahmadi and Mohamad Heydari and holds Iranian regime’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei responsible for these executions. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR urged the international community to condemn today’s executions. Amiry-Moghaddam said: " Today’s executions are part of the Iranian regime’s attempts to prevent protests before the upcoming presidential elections in June. Iranian regime’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei knows well that new protests can lead to the fall of his dictatorship". Amiry-Moghaddam added:" Several political prisoners are at imminent danger of execution in the Iranian prisons. The international community must intervene to stop these executions."

Since April 16 at least 62 people have been executed in Iran.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 19, 2013


Iran: Death-row inmate hanged in Khoramabad

Iran Human Rights, May 18: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Khoramabad (western Iran) today May 18.

According to the Iranian state broadcasting one prisoner who was not identified by name, was hanged in the prison of Khoramabad early this morning. The prisoner was convicted of possession and trafficking of 768 grams of crack, said the report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 18, 2013

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