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…

Five Prisoners Hanged on Drug Charges in Iran

Execution, Iran
Iran Human Rights (Nov 13 2017): A prisoner was executed at Bandar Abbas Central Prison on drug related charges and four were executed at Urmia Central Prison on murder charges.

Execution in Bandar Abbas (Southern Iran)

According to a close source, on the morning of Monday November 13, a prisoner was executed at Bandar Abbas Central Prison. 

The prisoner, identified as Saber Soleimani, 37, was from Takab (a city in and the capital of Takab County, West Azerbaijan Province). 

He was arrested and sentenced to death on the charge of possession and trafficking of 9 kilograms of heroin and 2 kilograms and 700 grams meth in 2014.

This prisoner was hanged while the new anti-narcotics bill will be enforced tomorrow.

Executions in Urmia

Four prisoners were executed in Urmia Central Prison (Darya) on Sunday November 12. 

All of the four prisoners who were sentenced to death on murder charges were transferred to solitary confinement in a group of six on Saturday November 11. 

Two of the prisoners were returned to their cells by either asking for time or winning the consent of the plaintiffs.

The prisoners were identified as Morteza Qolipour, Mehdi Hajizadeh, Qobad Moradi, and Ramin Eshqi.

None of the abovementioned executions have been announced by the state-run media so far.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 14, 2017

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