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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: 3 Executions on Murder Charges

Public execution in Iran
2 prisoners were hanged at Mashhad Central Prison and 1 at Zahedan Central prison, all on murder charges.

Executions in Mashhad


According to a report by Khorasan Newspaper, on the morning of Tuesday October 24, 1 prisoner was executed at Mashhad Central Prison on murder charges. 

The prisoner, identified as Majid M., was arrested in February 2007 and sentenced to death on the charge of murdering a taxi driver under a robbery.

Another prisoner was executed at the same prison on murder charges on the morning of Thursday October 26. 

The prisoner, identified as Hossein S., was charged with murdering a shepherd with intent to steal his livestock in January 2014, when he was 22.


Execution in Zahedan


According to the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on the morning of Sunday October 29, a prisoner was executed at Zahedan Central prison on murder charges. 

The prisoner, identified as Majid Ramroudy, 25, had been held in prison for nearly 5 years.

The execution of Majid Ramroudy has not been announced by official Iranian media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 142 of the 530 execution sentences in 2016 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran, which results in issuing death sentence sfor any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, October 31, 2017


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