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: Pakistani hanged in Zahedan, 9 hanged in Tabriz and Karaj

Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
Iran Human Rights (NOV 16 2015): From Thursday November 12 until today, Iranian authorities have executed at least six prisoners in two different prisons. 

Most of the hangings were carried out for alleged drug offenses.

On Saturday November 14, a Pakistani citizen, identified as Younes Jamaloldini, was reportedly hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on alleged drug charges. 

According to close sources, Jamaloldini was around 35 years old and had been transferred from his prison ward to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution.

"Currently there are at least nine Pakistani citizens in Zahedan Central Prison, five of them are sentenced to death for drug trafficking, the rest of them are sentenced to life in prison. 

Aside from one of them, the youngest is being held in the juvenile ward, the rest are being held in ward 7. 

There are also more than 15 Afghan citizens in the same ward, most are sentenced to death," says an informed source who has requested to be annonymous.

On Thursday November 12 and Monday November 16, a total of five prisoners, incuding one woman, were reportedly hanged at Tabriz Central Prison. 

According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, the prisoners on Thursday were executed on drug related charges and have been identified as: Mohammad Ali Zamani, Jafar Azizi, Mohammad Panahvand, and Hagar Safari. 

The prisoner on Monday was reportedly executed on murder charges and has been identified as Saeed Rahimi.

Iranian official sources have been silent on the recent executions in Tabriz and Zahedan prisons.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 16, 2015

Four Prisoners Hanged in Northern Iran on Drug Charges

Iran Human Rights (NOV 13 2015): On the morning of Sunday November 8, four prisoners were reportedly hanged at Karaj Central Prison on drug related charges.

According to close sources, the names of the prisoners are: Kambiz Shahbazi, Iraj Tizmaghz, Mehdi Aflaki, and Cyrus Cheshmeh. 

According to the human rights group, HRANA, the four prisoners were transferred from their prison cells to solitary confinement last Wednesday in preparation for their executions. 

Their family members were reportedly allowed to visit them for the last time on Friday November 6.

Iranian official sources have been silent on these four executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 13, 2015

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