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Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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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: At Least 8 Prisoners Executed on Drug Related Charges

The bodies of some of the men executed in Bandar Abbas Central Prison on Sept. 10 2016
The bodies of some of the men executed in
Bandar Abbas Central Prison on Sept. 10 2016
Eight new executions reported in Iran by official and unofficial sources. All eight prisoners were reportedly executed on drug related charges.

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 11 2016): Seven prisoners were executed at Bandar Abbas Central Prison (Hormozgan province, southern Iran) on drug related charges, reports Iranian state-run media Tabnkak

The hangings were reportedly carried out on Saturday September 10.

According to the unofficial news agency, HRANA, the prisoners were sailors who were sentenced to death on drug related charges. 

HRANA identifies the prisoners as: Ghasem Daryanavard, Amin Bibaki, Khosro Badpa, Sattar Hoot, Mohammad Hanif Boop, Haroun Heykalnejad and Tareq Naraaj.

Last week, at least one prisoner was reportedly executed at Mashhad's Vakilabad Prison on drug related charges. 

The prisoner has been identified by unofficial sources as Einollah Mohammadzadeh, sentenced to death on drug related charges. 

A source close to Mr. Mohammadzadeh told HRANA that "justice was not implemented" in his court hearing. The exact date of Mr. Mohammadzadeh's execution is not known at this time. Additionally, Iranian official sources have been silent regarding his execution.

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 5 2016): The death sentence for an unidentified 22-year-old prisoner, who was charged with the murder of a physician, was reportedly carried out at Ardabil Central Prison on the morning of Saturday September 3.

Iranian state-run news agency Mizan confirmed the execution, quoting Nasser Atabati, Ardabil's public prosecutor. 

The head of the Judiciary in Ardabil reportedly ordered for the case file of this prisoner to be handled and investigated urgently.

Despite the sensitivity of public opinion surrounding the murder and the many rumors that have circulated about the motive, there has not been enough transparency by Iranian official sources regarding the details of the case.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 5-11, 2016

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