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: Man Hanged at Birjand Prison, Two Men Executed at Rajai-Shahr Prison

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 5, 2019: A man hanged at the Iranian northeastern city of Birjand’s prison. 

According to IRIB News, a man was executed for murder charges at Birjand prison. 

Neither exact date of the execution, nor the identity of the prisoner, were revealed by the authorities. 

At least two prisoners were hanged at Rajai-Shahr prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 4, 2019: At least two prisoners were hanged at Rajai-Shahr prison yesterday. 

According to IHR sources, on the early morning of Wednesday, July 3, at least two prisoners were hanged at the Iranian city of Karaj’s Rajai-Shahr prison. 

IHR sources have identified them as Mehdi Assadi and Hassan Baradaran.

Iranian website Rokna has also reported about the executions without mentioning the prisoners’ name. 

Both men were sentenced to death for murder charges. 

According to the Iran Human Rights statistic department, at least 273 people were executed in Iran in 2018. 

At least 188 of them executed for murder charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, July 4-5, 2019

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