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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 Supreme Court Confirms Death Sentence for Businessman Babak Zanjani

Babak Zanjani
Babak Zanjani
Iran Human Rights (DEC 5 2016): The death sentence for Babak Zanjani, the prime suspect in a high profile financial corruption case, has been confirmed by Iran's Supreme Court.

Gholamreza Ansari, a senior official at the Supreme Court, confirmed the news to the state-run news agency, Mizan. 

In regards to the two other defendants in the case, Mehdi Shams and Hamid Fallah Heravi, Ansari said their death sentences were quashed by the Supreme Court pending a new trial.

Babak Morteza Zanjani is an Iranian businessman who was arrested on the order of Iran's Attorney General on December 30, 2013 under corruption and bribery charges in alleged connection to skirting international sanctions and money laundering. 

In March 2016, an Iranian court reportedly sentenced Zanjani, Shams and Fallah Heravi to death and ordered them to pay a fine equalling to one fourth of the total amount of money they allegedly laundered.

Iran Human Rights condemns the execution sentence confirmed for Babak Zanjani, and is deeply concerned about the Iranian authorities' usage of the death penalty sentence for cases of financial corruption.

"The Iranian authorities turn to the death penalty as the solution to all their problems. They are are using Babak Zanjani as a scapegoat to evade accountability for and divert public opinion from the deep corruption which exists within all levels of the Iranian political establishment ," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 5, 2016

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