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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: 2 more Prisoners Hanged on Drug Charges

Public hanging in Iran
2 prisoners were reportedly hanged at Isfahan Central Prison and Kashmar Prison on drug related charges.

Close sources say one of the prisoners was hanged on the morning of Monday August 21 at Isfahan Central Prison. 

The prisoner's name is reportedly Abdolkarim Shahbakhsh and he was sentenced to death on drug related charges. Mr. Shahbakhsh was reportedly taken to solitary confinement on Saturday August 19 in preparation for his execution.

"Karim had no criminal record, but he was sentenced to death after being arrested and charged with 120 kilograms of heroin and 140 kilograms of opium," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights.

A report by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network says the other prisoner was executed on Sunday August 20 at Kashmar Prison (Razavi Khorasan province). 

The prisoner, who the report identifies as Mojtaba Heydari Abbasali, was reportedly sentenced to death on drug related charges, and transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday August 19 in preparation for his execution.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state-run media, have not mentioned these 2 executions.

Young Prisoner Hanged in Public


On the morning of Monday August 21, a young prisoner was hanged in public on murder and rape charges. 

The execution was carried out in the city of Nasrabad in Isfahan on the morning of Monday August 21. 

According a report by the state-run news agency, IMNA, the prisoner - which the report does not mention his name - was arrested on January 3, 2017 at the age of 25 for the charge of raping and murdering a 15-year-old teenage girl.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 23, 2017


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