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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: Man arrested two weeks ago hanged in public

Man publicly hanged 2 weeks after his arrest, Neyshabur, Iran. Sept. 30, 2016
Man publicly hanged 2 weeks after his arrest, Neyshabur, Iran. Sept. 30, 2016
A man was hanged in public in the Razavi Khorasan province (northeastern Iran) on Friday September 30. 

A crowd of people reportedly watched the execution.

Iran Human Rights (October 2 2016): A man who was arrested about two weeks ago on murder and rape charges was hanged in public in the city of Neyshabur. 

According to the Iranian state-run news agency, Mehr, the execution was carried out in public in front of a crowd of people on the morning of Friday September 30. 

The report identifies the prisoner as Mehdi N., 37 years old. 

Such a short time between the arrest and execution of an individual indicates lack of due process, which according to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR), is not uncommon in Iran. 

IHR suspects "Mehdi N." may have not received a fair trial or the chance to defend himself.

Source: Iran Human Rights, October 3, 2016

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