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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: Three Executions for Waging War Against God

Public execution, Iran
Iran Human Rights (Sep 3, 2018): Three prisoners were executed at Zahedan Central Prison on the charge of “Moharebeh and armed conflict”. Moharebeh means waging war against God. 

According to a close source, on the morning of Monday, September 3, three prisoners were executed at Zahedan Central Prison. 

They were sentenced to death on the charge of “Moharebeh and armed conflict”. 

The prisoners were identified as Esmaeel Shahbakhsh, Dormohammad Shahbakhsh, and Hayatollah Shahbakhsh.

Habibollah Sarbazi, Baluch human rights activist, told IHR, “The prisoners were scheduled to be executed yesterday, but due to the protests about the death sentence being issued in revenge, the authorities delayed the execution. They informed the families of the executed prisoners about the executions a few hours after it was carried out. However, the families haven’t been able to receive the bodies yet.”

The executed prisoners were transferred to the solitary confinement on Saturday, September 1. There was an armed conflict between Jaish Al-Adl and the Revolutionary Guards in Saravan on Friday, August 31, which gives rise to the theory of execution in revenge.

According to a report by HRANA, the prisoners are charged with participating in an armed conflict with the police on July 7, 2015, during which a police Colonel was murdered. They are facing murder allegations as well as security charges, although they deny being involved in the murder of the police Colonel.

It should be noted that, on October 26, 2013, judicial authorities executed 16 Baluch prisoners who were sentenced to death on the charge of “Moharebeh” and “having associations with armed groups” as a reaction to the murder of 18 Iranian border guards.

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 4, 2018


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