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Texas: Rodney Reed granted indefinite stay of execution

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Stay of execution came just hours after parole board unanimously recommended 120-day reprieve
The Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed was granted a stay of execution on Friday, 5 days before he was scheduled to be put to death for a murder he insists he did not commit.
The Texas court of criminal appeals blocked the execution indefinitely and sent the case back to the trial court in Bastrop county, where Reed was sentenced in 1998 for the murder of Stacey Stites two years earlier.
The court had previously rejected multiple appeals, but Reed’s lawyers argued that fresh evidence bolstered his claim of innocence. 
They said in a statement that they “are extremely relieved and thankful … this opportunity will allow for proper consideration of the powerful and mounting new evidence of Mr Reed’s innocence”.
Millions of people, including a clutch of celebrities, have rallied behind Reed’s cause, helping to generate momentum and public attention as the execution date of 20 November loomed an…

Iran: two executions, one in public

The Iranian regime's henchmen hanged a 36-year-old father of 3 in a prison in the city of Gorgan in northern Iran.

The victim identified as Hossein Naybandani had been sentenced to death for "transferring and being in possession of drugs."

Naybandani was hanged early morning on Sunday in the main prison in Gorgan.

There has been no official information released on his execution.

Execution rates have been increasing at "an exponential rate" in Iran. Since Hassan Rouhani took office as president of the clerical regime, the rate of executions has reach its highest in 25 years.

Iran under the rule of the mullahs is the number 1 record holder for the number of executions per capita.

As Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, has pointed out, the Iranian regime "continues to execute more individuals per capita than any other country in the world."

The number of executions by the regime is much higher than those officially reported or published in state media.

Source: NCR-Iran, December 12, 2015


A Prisoner Hanged for Drug Offenses, Another Prisoner Hanged in Public

On Sunday December 6, a prisoner with alleged drug charges was reportedly hanged at Gorgan Central Prison. On Wednesday December 9, an unidentified prisoner with alleged rape charges was reportedly hanged in a public space in Mamasani, a county in the province of Fars.

According to the human rights group, HRANA, the prisoner who was hanged on Sunday is Hossein Neybandani, a 31-year old man accused of possessing and trafficking narcotics. 

Iranian official sources have been silent about Neybandani's execution.

According to the Iranian official news site Seda o Sima, the unidentified prisoner was 21 years old at the time of his execution.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 12, 2015

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