Iran | Death Penalty According to Shariah Law

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


February 20, 2008: a murder convict was hanged in the Karachi Central Jail in Pakistan at 6:30am after his mercy appeal was rejected by the President, and the complainant of the murder case refused to pardon him.

Malik Javed, 47, was hanged following issuance of black warrants by Anti-Terrorism Court-III in Karachi on February 15.

The warrants were issued after the convict's appeal for clemency was rejected. According to jail authorities, Javed gunned down a youth, Amir Kakar, in Gulshan-e-Maymar area on July 21, 1997. Police in Gulshan-e-Iqbal arrested him and the Special Anti-Terrorism Court awarded him the death sentence on Nov 29, 1997.

The President dismissed his request for clemency on January 21, 2008, the authorities added.

Sources: Pakistan Press International, 20/02/2008

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