Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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: 4 hanged in Isfahan prison; public hanging in Eqlid

4 prisoners were hanged in the prison of Isfahan and there are 6 others waiting for execution in Bandar Abbas and Zahedan prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), four of those convicted of drug-related crimes were hanged in Dastgerd prison, in Isfahan on Wednesday 29th July. 2 of them were from Afghanistan and 2 were Iranians but there is no information about the identity of these prisoners available.

Also, 3 prisoners, convicted of drug crimes, were transferred to solitary confinement in Bandar Abbas prison that their names are as follows:

1. Yousef Shahnavazi Shahdadi from Kahnuj, 25 years old, 5 years imprisonment

2. Kamran Zaree from Orumieh, 47 years old, three and a half years imprisonment

3. Jamal Kasebkar darandeh, from Orumieh, 45 years old, 4 years of imprisonment.

The families of these 3 prisoners went to Bandar Abbas prison for the last visit with them and the death sentences would be executed the day after.

Also, according to HRANA's sources, 3 convicted of drug crimes in Zahedan prison have been transferred to solitary confinements. There has not been any information available about their identities yet.

Source: Human Rights Activists News Agency, July 31, 2015

Public Hanging for Drug Related Charges

1 man was hanged publicly in the town of Eqlid (Fars province, Southern Iran) early Sunday morning August 2. According to the official Iranian media the prisoner who was identified as "Gh. A." was convicted of carrying 49 kilos and 200 grams of opium.

Fars province has had the highest number of public executions in the recent years.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 2, 2015

France 'concerned' about death row Iranian juvenile offender

France said Monday it was concerned about the fate of an Iranian juvenile offender who is on death row, just days after Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visited Tehran to revive ties between the 2 countries.

According to Amnesty International, Salar Shadizadi, who is now 24, was convicted of murdering a friend in 2007 when he was 15 years old. His execution planned for August 1 has reportedly been delayed.

"France is concerned by information about the imminent execution of the young Salar Shadizadi, who was a minor at the time of the facts alleged against him," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"France reaffirms its constant opposition to the death penalty, anywhere and in any circumstance."

Amnesty said in a recent statement that the planned execution of Shadizadi "flies in the face of international law," and called on Iran to commute his death sentence.

The rights group says Iran was 2nd only to China in the number of executions it carried out in 2014, with 289 people put to death according to official records, although that number is thought to be much higher.

Source: Agence France-Presse, August 3, 2015

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