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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: Seven Hanged in One Day

Iran Human Rights (MAR 6 2017): At least seven prisoners were executed in Iran on Saturday March 4.

Four prisoners, including two women, hanged at Rasht's central prison, Lakan, Gilan province, northern Iran


According to close sources, on the morning of Saturday March 4, four prisoners, including two women, were hanged at Rasht's central prison, Lakan. 

These four prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement before their executions. 

Three of these prisoners were sentenced to death on murder charges, but no information is available for the other prisoner. Only one of the prisoner names is known, Shah Mohammadi. 

A fifth prisoner was also transferred with them to solitary confinement, but was transferred back to the prison cell after receiving a postponement approval by the complainants on the case file.

Two prisoners hanged at Urmia's central prison, Darya, West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran


According to a report by the human rights new site, HRANA, on the morning of Saturday March 4, a prisoner was hanged at Shahroud Prison (Semnan province, northern Iran) on drug related charges. 

The prisoner has been identified as Ismael Arab Zamani, sentenced to death on the charge of possession and trafficking one kilogram and 800 grams of crystal meth.

Prisoner hanged at Shahroud Prison, Semnan province, northern Iran


According to another report by HRANA, at least two prisoners were hanged on the morning of Saturday March 4 in Urmia's central prison, Darya, on drug related charges. 

The prisoners have been identified as Naji Payam and Eshgh Ali (also known as Ashkan). The report suggests there may have been a third prisoner who was also executed along with Mr. Payam and Ali.

Iranian official sources, including the media and Judiciary, have not announced these executions.

Two Prisoners Executed on Murder Charges


Iran Human Rights (MAR 2 2017): On Tuesday February 28, two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Darya, Urmia's central prison (West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran), on murder charges.

According to the human rights nws agency HRANA, the prisoners have been identified as Ali Valizadeh and Afshin Shokati.

Mr. Valizadeh and Mr. Shokati along with two other prisoners, Anvar Ebrahimi and Morteza Bagherzadeh, were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Monday February 27 in prepation of their executions. 

According to HRANA, Mr. Ebrahimi and Mr. Bagherzadeh were not executed. Mr. Ebrahimi's life was reportedly spared after he was pardoned by the murder victim's family. It is not clear why Mr. Bagherzadeh's execution was not carried out.

Iranian official sources, including the media and Judiciary, have not announced the executions of Ali Valizadeh and Afshin Shokati.

Source: Iran Human Rights, March 2-6, 2017

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