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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: At Least 10 Prisoners Including Afghan Citizens Hanged on Drug Charges

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At least ten prisoners, including three Afghan citizens, were reportedly hanged at Taybad Prison on drug related charges.

Iran Human Rights (JULY 12 2017): On Sunday July 9, at least ten prisoners, including three Afghan citizens, were reportedly hanged at Taybad Prison (Razavi Khorasan province, northeastern Iran) on drug related charges.

Iran Human Rights has obtained the names of four of the prisoners: Nasser Karimi, Mahmoud Teymouri, Abolfazl Mokhtebaz, and Ahmad Sheikhi.

Iranian authorities are carrying out death sentences for drug related charges at the same time that a bill is being reviewed by the Judicial Commission of the Iranian Parliament calling for the death sentences for many prisoners charged with drug trafficking to be called off. Iranian parliament members had requested from the Judiciary to stop drug related executions for at least five thousand prisoners pending further investigation. However, the request has not stopped the Judiciary from carrying out death sentences for prisoners with drug related charges.

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

At least Two Prisoners Including Father of 7 Year Old Child Executed on Drug Charges


Iran Human Rights (JULY 12 2017): A prisoner was reportedly executed at Mahabad Prison and at least one prisoner was reportedly executed at Rasht's central prison. Both prisoners were reportedly executed on drug related charges.

According to close sources, the prisoner at Mahabad Prison was executed on the morning of Monday July 10. Iran Human Rights has obtained the name of this prisoner: Sheikh Morad Ebrahimi.

"Sheikh Morad was arrested five years ago on the charge of possession and trafficking of two kilograms of morphine. He was sentenced to death even though he had no criminal record. He is the father of a seven-year-old girl with autism," an informed source told Iran Human Rights.

According to a report by the human rights news agency, HRANA, the prisoner at Rasht's central prison was executed on the morning of Saturday July 8. The report identifies the prisoner as Hossein Hosseini, 32 years of age. Mr. Hosseini was reportedly arrested in 2013 on the charge of producing crystal meth. According to HRANA, it is likely that a total of seven prisoners were executed on Saturday at this prison, but has not been able to confirm the exact number.

"At the time of his arrest, they didn't find any narcotics on him. He was convicted based on the claim of police forces that the machinery and equipment they found on him was for producing crystal meth," a source close to the family of Mr. Hosseini told Iran Human Rights. According to the close source, Mr. Hosseini confessed under pressure and physical torture to producing and selling three kilograms of crystal meth. "Other than the forced confession, there was no other evidence against him."

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 12, 2017

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