Texas: Rodney Reed granted indefinite stay of execution

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: Man Hanged in Prison, Inmates Forced to Watch

Public execution in Iran (file photo)
Iran Human Rights (SEPT 21 2017): On Monday September 18, at least one prisoner was reportedly hanged on sodomy charges at Ardabil Central Prison.

According to close sources, prison authorities forced approximately 50 prison mates to watch the execution being carried out.

Close sources have identified the prisoner as Shahin Parsajoo, 42 years of age.

Shahin Parsajoo and another prisoner by the name of Tofigh Yousefi were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday September 17 in preparation for their executions.

Close sources say Tofigh Yousefi, who is on death row on drug related charges, was not executed and is currently held in solitary confinement.

"Shahin was arrested in 2012 on theft charges, but he was sentenced to death for committing a sodomy offense in prison," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights.

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 21, 2017

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