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Texas: Gov. Abbott should grant death row inmate Rodney Reed a reprieve, before it’s too late

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Convicted murderer Rodney Reed is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 20, but Gov. Greg Abbott has the power to stop it.
As it stands, there’s no indication that Abbott will. He has only stopped one execution since becoming governor 5 years ago.
Reed was sentenced to death in 1998, after being convicted of the brutal 1996 rape and killing of a 19-year-old woman from central Texas, Stacey Stites. And though the governor has yet to weigh in on this specific case, he supports capital punishment, as do most voters in the state. According to a June 2018 poll from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune, fully three-fourths of Texans strongly or somewhat support the death penalty.
But the question at hand has nothing to do with the death penalty, per se. Granting a reprieve would simply be the right thing to do — and a necessary precaution against the doubts that would linger, if Reed is executed as scheduled.
Reed has consistently maintained his innocence, and legitimate questions …

Iran: Man Hanged in Public in Arak

Public hanging, Arak, Iran, April 13, 2017
Public hanging, Arak, Iran, April 13, 2017
Iran Human Rights (APR 13 2017): A prisoner who was sentenced to death on six counts of murder charges was hanged in public in the city of Arak (Markazi province).

According to a report by the Iranian state-run media, ISNA, the execution was carried out on Thursday April 13 in front of a crowd of people. 

The report identifies the prisoner as Abbas Sahraei, 27 years of age. 

Mr. Sahraei was reportedly arrested about three months ago and sentenced to death in a hasty judicial process.

IHR is deeply worried that Abbas Sahraei did not receive a fair trial that meets international standards. 

Iran is among the very few countries in the world still carrying out executions in public. 

"We call on Iran's dialogue partners to push for an end to this practice," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

IHR has obtained a video clip of the execution being carried out (Warning: Graphic Content).





Source: Iran Human Rights, April 13, 2017

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