Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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: Two prisoners hanged, one in public

Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
Iran Human Rights (Oct 26 2017): A prisoner was hanged at Yazd Central Prison on the charge of participation in murder while the real murderer was released after winning the consent of the plaintiff.

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday October 24, a prisoner was executed at Yazd Central Prison.

The prisoner, identified as Ali Salari, was convicted of participation in murder during a street fight.

“After the quarrel, Ali Salari helped the murderer escape. That is why after they were arrested, Ali was sentenced to death on the charge of participation in murder during a street fight. The victim’s family gave their consent to the real murderer after a while but never forgave Ali and insisted on his execution,” said a close source to Iran Human Rights (IHR).

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run 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 for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Prisoner Hanged In Public

Iran Human Rights (Oct 26 2017): A prisoner, who was charged with rape, was hanged in the Qamsal Square in Khoy, Northwestern Iran.

According to a report by the Iranian state-run news agency, Rokna, on the morning of Thursday October 26, a prisoner was executed in public at Ghamsal (Keshavarz) Square in the city of Khoy (Northwestern Iran). The prisoner, who was charged with rape, was not identified by name. 

This is the second public execution which is carried out this week in Iran. On Wednesday October 25, another prisoner was hanged in public in Kerman Province (Southeastern Iran).

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty 33 people have been executed in public in front of large crowds including children in 2016. Public executions have been strongly criticized by Iranian human rights activists and sociologists.

Source: Iran Human Rights, October 27, 2017

Iran executes eight men including one in public

Seven prisoners were executed today, October 25, 2017 in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran. 

Most of the victims were found guilty of murder. 

The names of the executed have not yet been published.

Another prisoner was publicly hanged today in the southern Iranian province of Kerman.

The 26-year old man was identified as Shahrouz.N. He was also convicted of murder, according to the state-run IRIB news agency.

Source: Iran HRM, October 26, 2017

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