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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: Man Hanged at Ahvaz Prison

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 23, 2018: A prisoner was executed at Sepidar Prison in the Iranian southern city of Ahvaz (Ahwaz).

According to IHR sources, on the morning of Tuesday, January 22, 2019, a man identified as Rahman Jasemi Zargani was executed at Sepidar (also known as Qods) prison in Ahvaz.

Rahman was married with two children. He was arrested for murdering one of his relatives 9 years ago.

Karim Dahimi, an Ahvazi human rights activist, told IHR, “Rahman unintentionally killed his cousin who was also his wife’s brother. Elder members of their family tried to win the consent of plaintiffs for 9 years, but they failed to do so and the verdict was carried out.”

According to the Iranian Islamic Penal Code (IPC) murder is punishable by qisas which means “retribution in kind” or retaliation. 

In this way, the State effectively puts the responsibility of the death sentence for murder on the shoulders of the victim’s family. 

In qisas cases, the plaintiff has the possibility to forgive or demand diya (blood money). 

In many cases, the victim's family are encouraged to put the rope is around the prisoner's neck and even carry out the actual execution by pulling off the chair the prisoner is standing on.

The Iranian media outlets have not published news related to the execution so far.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 23, 2019


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