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: Kurdish political prisoner executed; 2 men hanged in public; 55-year-old mother of 3 slated for execution

The Iranian regime's henchmen on Sunday hanged a Kurdish political prisoner in the central prison of the city of Tabriz, northwest Iran, without informing his family.

Sirvan Nezhavi, was arrested on July 5, 2011 in the city of Karaj and was charged with 'Moharebeh' (waging war on God) for membership in a Kurdish group that opposes the Iranian regime.

According to Sirvan's brother, Hossein, the victim's relatives were only informed of Sirvan's execution when the authorities in Tabriz Prison contacted them to go to prison to collect his body. Hossein said his family had not been informed of plans for Sirvan's execution and they were not able to pay a last visit to him.

Sirvan along with another political prisoner had been transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday.

Sirvan Nezhavi was sentenced to death on April 11, 2012 by a branch of the Iranian regime's Revolutionary courts without having a defense lawyer of his choice. The death sentence was later approved by the regime's Supreme Court.

Sirvan was among a group of 6 political prisoners who were transferred last February to an unknown location. 2 members of the group Ali and Habiballah Afshari were hanged but there was no information on the remaining 4 until recently.

It took five months for the Iranian regime to admit that it had executed Ali and Habiballah Afshari in the western city of Orumieh.

In July 2015, the authorities in the city's Central Prison told the two dissidents' relatives that they had been hanged on February 19, 2015 and ordered them to pay for the cost of the execution.

Source: NCRI, August 10, 2015

2 men hanged in public in Iran

Iran's fundamentalist regime on Sunday hanged 2 young men in public in the city of Mashhad, north-east Iran.

The official state broadcaster quoted the regime's prosecutor general in Mashhad, Gholam-Ali Sadeqi, as confirming the 2 men to have been 24 and 25 years of age.

Their names were not given.

They were hanged in the city's Hafez Square.

At least 66 prisoners, including 2 women, have been executed in Iran, in some cases in public squares, in just over a fortnight.

A statement by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday said: "Iran has reportedly executed more than 600 individuals so far this year. Last year, at least 753 people were executed in the country."

Source: NCRI, August 10, 2015

55-year-old mother of 3 to be executed in Iran

An Iranian woman in her 50s is at imminent risk of execution in a prison in the city of Varamin, south-east of the Iranian capital Tehran.

The mullahs' regime has transferred Batool Karimi, 55, to solitary confinement in the notorious Qarchak Prison for Women in preparation for her execution.

Ms. Karimi, a mother of 3, has been imprisoned for the past 4 years.

She is accused of a drugs-related offence.

Qarchak Prison, also referred to as 'Qarchak Death Camp', was used by the regime in Iran as a place to brutally torture and rape those arrested during the 2009 anti-regime popular protests. The deaths of at least 4 young protesters under torture in Qarchak turned into a scandal for the Iranian regime.

Iran's regime hanged 2 other women at the end of July.

One of the women, identified as Pari-Dokht Molai-Far, was hanged in the notorious Qezelhesar Prison on July 29. The mother of 1 had been imprisoned in the notorious Qarchak Prison for the past 3 years and was transferred to Qezelhesar to face execution.

Another woman was hanged in Kerman's Shahab Prison, southeast Iran, on July 30.

"Iran has reportedly executed more than 600 individuals so far this year. Last year, at least 753 people were executed in the country," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said on Wednesday.

Source: NCRI, August 10, 2015

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