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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: Man charged with kidnapping and murder executed in public in Isfahan

Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
Saeed Zargari, charged with theft, kidnapping and murder, was executed in public in Isfahan on the morning of Wednesday September 16

Iran Human Rights, Friday September 18 2015: Saeed Zargari; a prisoner charged with theft, kidnapping and murder; was reportedly hanged to death in public in Ardestan (a city in the province of Isfahan).

According to Iran state media Seda o Sima, quoting Ardestan's Justice Department, Zargari was executed in public on the morning of Wednesday September 16. Zargari is reportedly accused of murdering Seyed Parsa Hashemi, a seven-year-old child.

According to the Prosecutor of Ardestan, Saeed Zargari was arrested in 2013 as a result of a financial dispute with Parsa Hashemi's father. The Prosecutor says that prior to the arrest Zargari had kidnapped Parsa Hashemi and hid him in the trunk of his car, but due to Zargari's arrest, Parsa Hashemi was left in the trunk of the car where he eventually died.

Though Saeed Zargari's hanging was reportedly carried out in public, Iranian authorities or state media have not published any photos of the execution.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept. 18, 2015


Official sources report three executions: two in Gilan (northwestern Iran) and one in North Khorasan (northeastern Iran)

Iran Human Rights, September 21, 2015: On the morning of Saturday September 19, two prisoners with drug related charges were hanged to death by Iranian authorities in Lakan Prison (also known as Rasht Central Prison), according to the press department of the Judiciary in Gilan. 

The report identfies one of the prisoners as H.M., 45 years old, charged with participating in the trafficking of one Kilogram and five Grams of crystal meth. 

The other prisoner is identified as Sh.P., 46 years old, charged with participating in the trafficking of one Kilogram of crystal meth, sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court in Rasht.

In a report published over the weekend, Iran state media Khorassan News mentions the execution of one prisoner in Bojnord (the capital city of North Khorasan). 

The prisoner was reportedly hanged to death by Iranian authorities for murdering a family member with a gun; however, the report does not include any information on the prisoner's identity or the date and location of the execution (prison or public).

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept. 21, 2015

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