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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: Video Footage of the Last Moments of Prisoners before Being Taken to Gallows

HRANA News Agency – The video footage that you can watch here shows the last farewell of Farzad Tahai and Amin Babai, two prisoners who were executed on June 1st in Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj. HRANA published this footage to draw the attentions to the matter of death penalty and precisely to the execution of prisoners with drug related charges in Iran.

During the recent months the rate of the mass executions and sometimes public executions has increased although the Iranian officials had told that they were going to consider the matter of eliminating death penalty on drug related charges in a bill in the parliament in April.

Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj has the highest amount of executions on drug related charges in Iran.

During less than 30 days at least 50 prisoners have been executed in this prison. Most of these executions were in groups and not acknowledged.

On June 1st, 13 prisoners were sent to gallows and a prisoner named as Bahman Khorram killed another inmate that a new case would be formed for him and the execution would be postponed.

Another prisoner died in the solitary confinement because of a heart attack and could not be hanged. There were also reports about one of the prisoners’ mother who jumped down from Fardis Bridge in Karaj and died after his son was hanged.

In order to be able to cover these cases at the best possible level, HRANA calls on all citizens and activists to send their reports and evidences to infi@hra-news.org.

Source: HRANA, June 5, 2015


Second Video Footage of the Last Moments of Death Row Prisoners before Going to Gallows

HRANA News Agency – This video footage shows the last moments of 2 death row prisoners in the public ward of Ghezel Hesar Prison before going to gallows. During the recent one month more than 50 prisoners have been hanged in Ghezel Hesar Prison.

The obvious calmness of the prisoners in this footage is the other face of the social indifference towards the mass and hidden executions. The goal of revealing this footage is to attract the attention of the civil society and media to the matter of executions.

HRANA tries to halt the execution sentences in Iran, regardless of the charges that have been put on the inmates whereas most of these prisoners have not had fair trials during the due process. So that one could claim that these death sentences are not even on the basis of Iranian Penal Code.

HRANA News Agency calls on all the Iranians to put their efforts in reporting the human rights’ violations in Iran. You can send your reports to HRANA through this email address: infi@hra-news.org

Source: HRANA, June 16, 2015

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