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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 hanged for murder in Yasuj and Kermanshah

Iran Human Rights (JAN 26 2016): Two unidentified prisoners have been hanged by Iranian authorities.

According to state run news agency Khabar Online, a prisoner was hanged at Yasuj's central prison on Sunday January 24. 

The prisoner, who has not been identified, was reportedly executed on murder charges. 

The unidentified prisoner was reportedly arrested five months ago. 

Yasuj is located in the Iranian Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province (southwestern Iran).

In another official report by Khabar Online, the execution of a prisoner in Kermanshah (western Iran) for the alleged murder of the Friday Prayer Imam of Savojbolagh (a county in the province of Alborz, northern Iran) was confirmed by the Iranian Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohsen Eje'i. 

According to Eje'i, the prisoner was also charged with other offenses. 

Information about the date and location of the execution, the other offenses, or about the prisoner's identity were not mentioned in the report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 26, 2016

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