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: 3 More Executions in Tabriz

Public hanging in Iran
3 prisoners were hanged at Tabriz Central Prison on murder charges while 3 other prisoners were hanged at the same prison on Wednesday November 22.

According to a report by HRANA News Agency, on the morning of Sunday November 26, 3 prisoners were executed at Tabriz Central Prison (Northwestern Iran). 

The prisoners were sentenced to death on murder charges.

One of the prisoners was identified as Taher Amini, 30, from Maragheh. The prisoner was from ward 9 of Tabriz Central Prison. 

The 2 other prisoners, who were from ward 12, have not been identified.

Three other prisoners were executed at the same prison on similar charges only 4 days before these executions, on Wednesday November 22.

The execution of these prisoners 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.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 28, 2017

Iran: Four hanged

Iran Human Rights (Nov 23 2017): A prisoner was hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison on Moharebeh charges and three other were executed at Tabriz Central Prison on murder charges.

Execution in Karaj

According to a close source, a prisoner was executed at Rajai Shahr Prison charged with Moharebeh (waging war against God) on Wednesday November 22. The prisoner, identified as Majid Sa’adat, was transferred to solitary confinement on Wednesday November 15.

On Wednesday November 21, he was returned to his cell, while his execution was thought to have been stopped. However, he was transferred to solitary confinement again on Wednesday and was executed.

Majid Sa’adat was convicted of Moharebeh, while there is no information regarding his criminal offence and the evidence against him.

“Majid Sa’adat extorted some of the Iranian authorities by posing as government officials and an agent of the Ministry of Intelligence. However, he was never aggressive and did not use cold weapons or guns, which would make his crime count as Moharebeh,” Said one of the prisoner’s relatives to Iran Human Rights (IHR).

IHR is investigating further into this case.

Execution in Tabriz

According to a report by HRANA News Agency which is also confirmed by Iran Human Rights (IHR), on the morning of Wednesday November 22, three prisoners were executed at Tabriz Central Prison on murder charges.

Kurdistan Human Rights Network identified the three prisoners as Jamal Qanbari from Tabriz, Sa’ed Askari from Mianeh, and Ali Delgoshadi from Mamqan.

The executions of these prisoners have not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 24, 2017

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