Texas: Rodney Reed granted indefinite stay of execution

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…

5 Prisoners Hanged in Northern Iran for Drug-Related Charges

5 prisoners were hanged in the prison of Rasht (Northern Iran) Saturday October 25, reported the official website of the Iranian Judiciary in Gilan Province.

The prisoners who were all men were identified as "M.P." (40) charged with possession and trafficking of 31 kilograms of opium, "S.A." (43) for possession and trafficking of 14 kilograms and buying 17 kilograms of opium, "R.T." (42) for possession of 3310 grams of heroin, "M.S." (27) for possession of 3984 grams of heroin and "A.R." (50) for participation in trafficking of 3 kilograms of heroin. said the report.

Last week 4 other prisoners were hanged in the prison of Rasht convicted of drug related charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, October 27, 2014

A prisoner hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj

A man with charge of murder was hanged the same day that Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), in the morning of Saturday, 25th October, a prisoner charged with murder was executed along with Reyhaneh Jabbari by hanging in Rajai Shahr prison of Karaj.

This prisoner from ward 1 in Rajai Shahr prison whose name is Mohammad Ghorbanzadeh, was transferred to solitary confinement on Thursday 23rd October

Also on Saturday morning, another prisoner from ward 2 in Rajai Shahr prison, named Davood Gandomi, on charge of "rape" was taken to the gallows, for execution but due to a defect in his case the execution has been postponed.

Source: Human Rights Activists News Agency, October 27, 2014

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