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Texas: With a man's execution days away, his victims react with fury or forgiveness

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For the past 3 months, Christopher Anthony Young has awoken in his 10-by-6 foot concrete cell on death row and had to remind himself: He's scheduled to die soon.
As the day crept closer, the thought became more constant for Young, who's sentenced to die for killing Hasmukh "Hash" Patel in 2004.
"What will it feel like to lay on the gurney?" he asks himself. "To feel the needle pierce my vein?"
Mitesh Patel, who was 22 when Young murdered his father, has anxiously anticipated those moments, as well. He wonders how he will feel when he files into the room adjacent to the death chamber and sees Young just feet away through a glass wall.
For years, Patel felt a deep hatred for Young. He wanted to see him die. Patel knew it wouldn't bring his father back. But it was part of the process that started 14 years ago when Young, then 21, gunned down Hash Patel during a robbery at Patel's convenience store on the Southeast Side of San Antonio.
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Iran: Prisoner Hanged on Drug Charges

Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments (file photo)
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
A prisoner was hanged at Maragheh Prison on drug related charges. Four other prisoners at this prison are currently in imminent danger of execution.

Iran Human Rights (JAN 13 2017): A prisoner was reportedly hanged at Maragheh Prison on drug related charges. 

According to close sources, the prisoner, who has been identified as Morteza Heydari, was executed on Tuesday January 10. 

Close sources say Mr. Heydari is the father of a five-year-old child.

"Morteza was arrested on May 11, 2012 for possession of three kilograms of crystal meth and three kilograms and 600 grams of heroin. He was sentenced to death by the Malekan Revolutionary Court on June 10, 2013 and then he was exiled to Maragheh Prison," a confirmed source tells Iran Human Rights.

According to reports received by Iran Human Rights, there are four other prisoners in Maragheh Prison who are in imminent danger of execution. They are:

1. Iraj Ghaffouri, sentenced to death on drug related charges

2. Akbar Moradi, sentenced to death on murder charges

3. Hossein Fatemi, sentenced to death on drug related charges

4. Ali Mosloufi, sentenced to death on drug related charges

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 13, 2017

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