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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. 
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Iran regime hanged 13 people today, including 1 man in public

Public hanging in Mashhad, Iran, May 17, 2016
Public hanging in Mashhad, Iran, May 17, 2016
NCRI - Iran’s fundamentalist regime hanged at least 13 people, including one man in public, on Tuesday.

Six men were hanged collectively in the Central Prison of Urmia (Orumieh), north-west Iran, earlier on Tuesday, May 17.

They had been serving a prison sentence in Ward 15 of the jail on drugs-related charges.

They were identified as Naji Keywan, Nader Mohammadi, Ali Shamugardian, Aziz Nouri-Azar, Fereydoon Rashidi and Heidar Amini.

Also on Tuesday, a man was hanged in public in the north-eastern city of Mashhad. (PHOTOS below)

The victim, who was not named, was hanged at 7 am in the city's Mofatteh Square. His sentence had been upheld by the regime's Supreme Court.

Separately, the regime’s Prosecutor in Yazd Province told the state-run Rokna news agency that six people were hanged in the central Iranian province on Tuesday. Three of the victims were identified by their initials Ch. R., A. S., and A. B.

Commenting on the hangings, Ms. Farideh Karimi, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and a human rights activist, on Tuesday said:

“At least 38 executions since the start of May, including three in public, are of deep concern. That’s to say there’s been one public execution every five days and two people hanged each day in the month of May. Sadly however what adds to our concern is that there has not been an appropriate response by the international community or human rights groups to the appalling state of human rights in Iran.”

The latest hangings bring to at least 89 the number of people executed in Iran since April 10. Three of those executed were women and one is believed to have been a juvenile offender.


Public hanging in Mashhad, Iran, May 17, 2016
Public hanging in Mashhad, Iran, May 17, 2016

Public hanging in Mashhad, Iran, May 17, 2016

Public hanging in Mashhad, Iran, May 17, 2016

Public hanging in Mashhad, Iran, May 17, 2016

Public hanging in Mashhad, Iran, May 17, 2016

Public hanging in Mashhad, Iran, May 17, 2016

Public hanging in Mashhad, Iran, May 17, 2016


Sources: NCRI, May 17, 2016

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