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Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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Rodney Reed’s death sentence was suspended. But researchers say other current cases raise similar doubt about the guilt of the accused.
The number of executions in the United States remains close to nearly a three-decade low. And yet the decline has not prevented what those who closely track the death penalty see as a disturbing trend: a significant number of cases in which prisoners are being put to death, or whose execution dates are near, despite questions about their guilt.
Rodney Reed, who came within days of execution in Texas before an appeals court suspended his death sentence on Friday, has been the most high-profile recent example, receiving support from Texas lawmakers of both parties and celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West, who urged a new examination of the evidence.
Mr. Reed has long maintained that he did not commit the 1996 murder for which he was convicted. And in recent months, new witnesses came forward pointing toward another possible suspect: the dead…

Iran: Two Pakistani women hanged

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NCRI - The Iranian regime's henchmen hanged five prisoners on Saturday in the main prison in city of Zahedan, in southeastern Iran.

The five inmates that included two women citizens of Pakistan had been arrested on drug related charges.

The Saturday's hanging of five prisoners in Zahedan was not announced in official media.

Last week, on Thursday, September 17, 2014, at least 17 prisoners were hanged in cities across Iran, including five in public. The executions were carried out in cities of Shiraz, Marvdasht, Kerman and Bandar Abbas. A group of four prisoners were hanged in public in Shiraz while another group of eight sent to gallows in Shabab Prison in city of Kerman.

Reacting to the UN Secretary-General’s annual report to the UN General Assembly, which referred to some aspects of the catastrophic situation of human rights in Iran, the Iranian regime's chief justice, Mohammad Javad Larijani, said last week: “Who is this Mr. Secretary-General to tell us you should stop the executions? Who are they to say so? The death sentence for Corruption on Earth is an internal matter… Much of the things that were said in the official report of an important international organization; they are cheap, baseless words that lack reasoning.”

The inaction by the international community, particularly the Western countries, regarding violations of human rights in Iran, including over 1,000 executions since Hassan Rouhani assumed office, has emboldened the clerical regime to continue and ramp up torture, execution and suppression.

Source: NCRI, Sept. 21, 2014

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