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Clinton Young Free Pending Retrial After 20 Years on Texas Death Row

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Former Texas death-row prisoner Clinton Young has been released from custody nearly twenty years after being sentenced to death for a double murder he has consistently said he did not commit. Young walked out of the Midland County Detention Center January 21, 2022, after the foundation posted bond to secure his freedom while prosecutors from neighboring Dawson County decide whether to retry Young on the charges.  The foundation crowdfunded contributions to cover 15% of the $150,000 cash bail to gain Young’s release. RELATED |  Texas | Former death row inmate Clinton Young released on bond The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (TCCA) granted Young a new trial in September 2021 following revelations that his prosecutor from the Midland County District Attorney’s office had also secretly served as a paid clerk to county judges who presided over Young’s trial and post-conviction appeals. In a video posted on the foundation’s Facebook page, Young removed his left sneaker and sock and stepped

Iran | Two Brothers Executed on Drug Charges in Zanjan

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 11, 2022: Brothers Farhang and Yasser Aliollahi who were sentenced to death for drug-related offences, have been executed in Zanjan Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, two men were executed for drug-related offences in Zanjan Central Prison on the morning of January 11. 

Their identities have been established as 35-year-old Farhang Aliollahi and 32-year-old Yasser Aliollahi.

Farhang and Yasser were brothers and had been arrested and sentenced to death around five years ago.

An informed source told Iran Human Rights: “The Aliollahi brothers were arrested for carrying 155 kilograms of drugs by the Hashtroud police and later sentenced to death.”

At the time of writing, Farhang and Yasser’s executions have not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, at least 25 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2020.

On December 10, Iran Human Rights warned again of the rise in drug-related executions, which is now at a four-year record high and called on the international community for a prompt reaction.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, January 11, 2022


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