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Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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Rodney Reed’s death sentence was suspended. But researchers say other current cases raise similar doubt about the guilt of the accused.
The number of executions in the United States remains close to nearly a three-decade low. And yet the decline has not prevented what those who closely track the death penalty see as a disturbing trend: a significant number of cases in which prisoners are being put to death, or whose execution dates are near, despite questions about their guilt.
Rodney Reed, who came within days of execution in Texas before an appeals court suspended his death sentence on Friday, has been the most high-profile recent example, receiving support from Texas lawmakers of both parties and celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West, who urged a new examination of the evidence.
Mr. Reed has long maintained that he did not commit the 1996 murder for which he was convicted. And in recent months, new witnesses came forward pointing toward another possible suspect: the dead…

Iran: Two executed in Tabriz, Khorramabad

Prisoner with Mental Illness Executed on Murder Charges

A prisoner who reportedly suffered from a mental illness was hanged at Tabriz Central Prison on murder charges.

According to the human rights news agency HRANA, the execution was carried out on the morning of Wednesday April 12. 

The prisoner, 27-year-old Rahman Hosseinpour, who was held in the "psychotherapy ward" of the prison, was reportedly transferred to solitary confinement prior to his execution.

"Rahman suffers from a mental illness. He committed murder in self defense after he was sexually abused. He was not mentally stable at all. Despite this, his death penalty sentence was still carried out," says a source close to the family of Mr. Hosseinpour.

Iranian official sources, including the media and Judiciary, have not announced Rahman Hosseinpour's execution.

Prisoner Hanged on Drug Charges


A prisoner was reportedly hanged at Khorramabad's Parsilon Prison on drug related charges.

According to the human rights news agency HRANA, the execution was carried out on the morning of Saturday April 8. 

Iran Human Rights has received confirmation on this execution from close sources.

The prisoner, who has been identified as Maziar Geravand, was reportedly transferred to solitary confinement along with another prisoner, Morteza Sanaie, in preparation for execution. 

According to close sources, Mr. Sanaie's execution was stopped and he was taken back to his prison cell.

Maziar Geravand was reportedly sentenced to death on the charge of possession and trafficking of three kilograms of heroin. 

Mr. Geravand, who is the father of a three-year-old child, was reportedly in prison for three years before he was executed.

Iranian official sources, including the media and the Judiciary, have not announced Maziar Geravand's execution.

Executions for drug related charges continue in Iran despite a bill allegedly approved by the Judicial Committee of the Iranian Parliament to halt the death sentences of thousands for drug related charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 13, 2017

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