Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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: 2 executed for 'waging war against God', 2 over drug charges

Iran: Barbaric and medieval punishments
Iran: Barbaric and medieval punishments
3 Prisoners Executed - 2 for Moharebeh 1 for Drug Charges

3 prisoners were reportedly executed at Rajai Shahr Prison on Wednesday January 4.

According to confirmed sources, 2 of the prisoners were executed on Moharebeh charges (enmity against God) and the other prisoner was executed on drug related charges.

According to the human rights news agency, HRANA, the 2 prisoners hanged on Moharebeh charges were accused of armed robbery. The names of these prisoners are Traub Rashidi and Ali Cheshmeh Noushi.

The other prisoner has been identified as "Sajad". He was reportedly transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison from Karaj Central Prison and executed on drug related charges.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have been silent on these executions.

Prisoner Hanged on Drug Trafficking Charges

At least 1 prisoner, identified as Mohammad Zebardast, was hanged at Lakan, Rasht's central prison, on drug related charges.

According to close sources, Mohammad Zebardast's execution was carried out on the morning of Wednesday January 4.

A confirmed source tells Iran Human Rights that Mr. Zebardasht was arrested in 2011 for possession of 2 kilograms of crystal meth and 2 kilograms and 800 grams of opium. 

He was sentenced to death in September 16, 2012 by a court in Rasht (Gilan province, northern Iran) for drug trafficking. Mr. Zebardasht was held in prison from his arrest to his execution.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have been silent about Mr. Zebardasht's execution. 

Close sources say it is likely that more than 1 prisoner was hanged at Lakan Prison on Wednesday.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 7, 2017

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