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To beat the clock on the expiration of its lethal injection drug supply, this past April, Arkansas tried to execute 8 men over 1 days. The stories told in frantic legal filings and clemency petitions revealed a deeply disturbing picture. Ledell Lee may have had an intellectual disability that rendered him constitutionally ineligible for the death penalty, but he had a spate of bad lawyers who failed to timely present evidence of this claim -…

Iran: Four executed, one in public

Public hanging in Iran
IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (NOV 8, 2016). Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Qorveh (Iranian Kurdistn province) early Tuesday morning November 8.

Iran Human Rights had yesterday reported about the scheduled execution of these prisoners.

The prisoners were identified as Mohammad Rasoul Heydari, from Qorveh, charged with murder, and Babak Hassan Zadeh, from Sardasht, charged with possession and trafficking of 350 grams of the narcotic drug crystall.

According to close sources Heydari was arrested 4 years and 8 months ago and Hassan Zadeh 4 years ago. Both the prisoners had been kept in Hamadan Prison and were transferred to Qorveh 20 days ago.

The executions have not been reported by the official Iranian media.

NOV 9, 2016 - Two prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian cities reported the state run Iranian media.

According to Mehr News Agency one man was hanged in the prison of Qazvin (western Iran) Monday morning November 7. 

The prisoner who was identified as "Hassan Kh." (24) was sentenced to qisas (retribution in kind) for murdering two people in two separate cases five years ago.

Iranian State Broadcasting (IRIB) reported on the execution of a prisoner early Wednesday morning (November 9). 

The prisoner was identified as "Mostafa K.", also known as "Saeed", charged with raping a person one year ago, said the report. The hanging was carried out publicly on Payam Square of Shiraz (Southern Iran).

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 8-9, 2016

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