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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: Seven Prisoners Including Pakistani Citizens Hanged in Sistan & Baluchestan

Iran: A corrupt theocracy meting out barbaric and medieval punishments
Iran: A corrupt theocracy meting out barbaric and medieval punishments
Seven prisoners were reportedly executed in prisons located in the Sistan & Baluchestan province. Most of the prisoners were executed on drug related charges.

Iran Human Rights (JULY 16 2017): In the past few days, seven prisoners, including two Pakistani citizens, were reportedly hanged at Zahedan Central and Iranshahr prisons.

On the morning of Thursday July 13, a prisoner by the name of Sharif Reigi was reportedly executed on murder charges at Zahedan Central Prison (Sistan & Baluchestan province, eastern Iran). 

According to the Baluch Activists Campaign, Mr. Reigi was transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday July 9 in preparation for execution.

On Saturday July 15, three prisoners were reportedly hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on drug related charges. 

The prisoners have been identified as Sheikh Mohammad Baluchzehi, 50 years of age, Kabir Dehghanzehi, 21 years of age, and Dadmohammad Dehghanzehi. 

These prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Thursday July 13 in preparation for execution. 

Dadmohammad and Kabir were reportedly Pakistani citizens who were arrested eight years ago. According to a report by the Baluch Activists Campaign, Kabir was 13 years old at the time of his arrest. This report says that Kabir had travelled to Iran for driving lessons. Iran Human Rights has not been able to confirm Kabir's exact age at the time of his arrest.

On the morning of Sunday July 16, two prisoners were reportedly hanged on murder charges at Zahedan Central Prison. The prisoners have been identified as Yousef Bozorgzadeh, 46 years of age, and Ebrahim Damani. Yousef was reportedly arrested eleven years ago.

Also on Sunday, a prisoner was reportedly executed on drug related charges at Iranshahr Prison (Sistan & Baluchestan province, southern Iran). The prisoner has been identified as Abdoljalil Shahli, arrested seven years ago.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the state-run media, have not announced any of these executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 16, 2017

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