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Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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Rodney Reed’s death sentence was suspended. But researchers say other current cases raise similar doubt about the guilt of the accused.
The number of executions in the United States remains close to nearly a three-decade low. And yet the decline has not prevented what those who closely track the death penalty see as a disturbing trend: a significant number of cases in which prisoners are being put to death, or whose execution dates are near, despite questions about their guilt.
Rodney Reed, who came within days of execution in Texas before an appeals court suspended his death sentence on Friday, has been the most high-profile recent example, receiving support from Texas lawmakers of both parties and celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West, who urged a new examination of the evidence.
Mr. Reed has long maintained that he did not commit the 1996 murder for which he was convicted. And in recent months, new witnesses came forward pointing toward another possible suspect: the dead…

Three hanged in Khorramabad, western Iran

NCRI - Iran's fundamentalist regime on Saturday hanged three men in a prison in Khorramabad, western Iran.

The three men were identified as Behrouz Amiri, Rahman Kazemzadeh and Ali Hassanvand.

They were hanged at dawn in Parsiloun Prison. All three had been accused of drugs-related charges. They had been transferred to solitary confinement on Friday.

The mullahs’ regime on Thursday hanged a group of eight prisoners collectively in the central prison in Qazvin, northern Iran.

Another eight prisoners were hanged en masse on Tuesday, December 22, in Qazvin Prison.

On Wednesday, December 23, the mullahs’ regime hanged five people in a prison in Kerman, eastern Iran. Also on Wednesday two people were hanged in the notorious Qezel-Hesar Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran.

Following the December 17 adoption of the 62nd United Nations General Assembly resolution censuring human rights abuses in Iran, the Iranian Resistance's President-elect Maryam Rajavi called on the UN Security Council to hold officials of the Iranian regime accountable and prosecute them for crimes against humanity. She underlined that this is a necessary step towards respecting the international community's vote that condemned the systematic and flagrant violations of human rights in Iran.

Source: NCRI, December 26, 2015

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