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Texas: Rodney Reed granted indefinite stay of execution

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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: Three Inmates Including Afghan Citizen Executed on Drug Charges

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Three prisoners, including an Afghan citizen, were reportedly hanged on the morning of Monday July 24. One of the prisoners was reportedly under the age of 18 at the time of his arrest. Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state-run media, have not announced these three executions.

Iran Human Rights (JULY 25 2017): Three prisoners, including an Afghan citizen, were reportedly hanged at Isfahan Central Prison on drug related charges. According to close sources, the executions were carried out on the morning of Monday July 24.

The prisoners have been identified as Mohsen Abdi, Javad Mir and Habib. The last name of Habib, who is the Afghan citizen, is not known at this time. 

Close sources tell Iran Human Rights that Javad Mir was under the age of 18 at the time of his arrest and was 22 years of age at the time of his execution. 

These prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday July 22 in preparation for their executions.

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

The execution of prisoners with drug charges continues in Iran while the Iranian Parliament has approved a general plan to amend the law for combating drugs. 

The Parliament is scheduled to vote on the bill again following a two-week holiday. In the event of the final approval of the plan, the death sentences for many prisoners will be commuted to a prison sentence.

According to experts, those who are executed in Iran on drug related charges are not the main drug dealers, but individuals who sell drugs as a result of poverty.

There has been a surge in executions in Iran since the end of Ramadan. Most of the prisoners were executed on drug related charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 25, 2017

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