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Iran | Death Penalty According to Shariah Law

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Chapter III of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran contains provisions related to the rights of the people.  In this Chapter, Article 22 states: “The dignity, life, property, rights, domicile, and occupations of people may not be violated, unless sanctioned by law.” However, the number of crimes punishable by death in Iran is among the highest in the world. Charges such as “adultery, incest, rape, sodomy, insulting the Prophet Mohammad and other great Prophets, possessing or selling illicit drugs, theft and alcohol consumption for the 4th time, premeditated murder, moharebeh (waging war against God), efsad-fil-arz (corruption on earth), baghy (armed rebellion), fraud and human trafficking” are capital offences.[1] Many of the charges punishable by death cannot be considered as “most serious crimes” and do not meet the ICCPR standards.[2] Murder, drug possession and trafficking, rape/sexual assault, moharebeh and efsad-fil-arz and baghy are the most common charges resulting

LIBYA. TWO GHANAIANS EXCUTED FOR MURDER

February 16, 2008: two Ghanaian nationals, Kojo Blankson and Samuel Ayi Ayitey, were executed by firing squad in Libya at the Kofiya Rehabilitation Facility in Benghazi. They had been held since 1998 over the murder of their Libyan employer and were said to be innocent.

Kojo Blankson, Daily Guide gathered from family sources, was on his way to work when Libyan security officers nabbed him.

"Even before the fatal bullets hit him, he was said to have uttered the words 'I don't know anything," a family source quoted a Ghana Embassy official as saying.

The two were said to have been implicated in the murder of a Libyan and Senegalese national respectively.

Source: Ghana Today, 18/02/2008, Ghana News Today, 16/02/2008

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