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Texas: Rodney Reed granted indefinite stay of execution

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Stay of execution came just hours after parole board unanimously recommended 120-day reprieve
The Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed was granted a stay of execution on Friday, 5 days before he was scheduled to be put to death for a murder he insists he did not commit.
The Texas court of criminal appeals blocked the execution indefinitely and sent the case back to the trial court in Bastrop county, where Reed was sentenced in 1998 for the murder of Stacey Stites two years earlier.
The court had previously rejected multiple appeals, but Reed’s lawyers argued that fresh evidence bolstered his claim of innocence. 
They said in a statement that they “are extremely relieved and thankful … this opportunity will allow for proper consideration of the powerful and mounting new evidence of Mr Reed’s innocence”.
Millions of people, including a clutch of celebrities, have rallied behind Reed’s cause, helping to generate momentum and public attention as the execution date of 20 November loomed an…

Another South Korean drug trafficker executed in China

South Korean authorities reportedly made some efforts to prevent execution on humanitarian grounds

China has executed a South Korean man for trafficking drugs, only 1 day after 2 South Koreans were executed for the same charge on Aug. 6.

The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Aug. 7, "A South Korean citizen surnamed Jang, 56, was executed by Chinese authorities after Chinese People's Court at Qingdao, Shandong Province indicted him for trafficking methamphetamine in China".

Jang was caught by the Chinese law enforcement authorities in charge of drug trafficking with 11.9kg of methamphetamine in China in June 2009, and he was sentenced to death by Qingdao Intermediate People's Court during its 1st trial in May 2012. The decision was then upheld by both Shandong Province High People's Court and the Supreme People's Court.

The Chinese law enforcement authorities informed the South Korean consulate in Qingdao on Aug. 1 that Jang's execution was scheduled to take place within this week, or possibly earlier.

A South Korean government official emphasized its efforts to prevent Jang's execution by saying, "After Jang was sentenced to death, the government also made requests at various levels to have the death penalty waived on humanitarian grounds". But, there are criticisms that the South Korean government's measures were limited to conventional and passive responses, despite the death sentence being announced in advance.

Source: The Hankyoreh, August 8, 2014

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