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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
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Iran: At Least Two Prisoners Hanged on Drug Charges

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Iran Human Rights (AUG 29 2017): At least two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Ardabil Central Prison on drug related charges.

According to close sources, the executions of "Fardin Hosseini" and "Massoud Vaizadeh" were carried out on the morning of Wednesday August 30.

Fardin and Massoud were reportedly held in prison for more than four years before they were executed. The two men were reportedly convicted in the same file and sentenced to death each for the charge of manufacturing three kilograms of crystal meth. "Fardin was a chemical engineer and had no previous criminal record," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights.

The execution of prisoners with drug related charges continues in Iran at the same time that the Iranian Parliament has approved a bill to stop drug related executions. The bill must be approved by Iran's Guardian Council before it can be passed.

Sunni Prisoner Hanged on Moharebeh Charges


Iran Human Rights (AUG 30 2017): Sunni prisoner Seyed Jamal Seyed Mousavi was reportedly hanged at Karaj's Rajai Shahr Prison on Wednesday August 23, but his famliy did not find out until Sunday August 27.

According to close sources, it was the prison authorities who confirmed Seyed Jamal's execution to his family. The day before his execution, Seyed Jamal's family were reportedly able to meet him for a brief visit.

Close sources say the Iranian authorities buried Seyed Jamal's body in a location unknown, even to his family.

A week before his execution, Seyed Jamal was held in solitary confinement, but he was returned to his cell on Tuesday August 22, only to be taken back to solitary confinement on the same day and executed on Wednesday.

Seyed Jamal Seyed Mousavi was reportedly arrested in 2008 by the Ministry of Intelligence in Sanandaj and was sentenced to death by a revolutionary court for the charge of "Enmity against god through cooperation with Salafi groups".

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 30, 2017


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