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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

Saudi Arabia: Three foreigners beheaded


February 4, 2008: Saudi Arabia beheaded an Indian, an Iraqi and a Pakistani after they were convicted of drug smuggling, the interior ministry said.

Rashid Akbar Hussein Eddin of India and Wassee-Allah Rafee-Allah Khan of Pakistan were found guilty of trafficking opiates, while Iraqi Ahmed al-Khazali was convicted of smuggling hashish, the ministry said in separate statements carried by the official SPA news agency.

Sources: Inquirer.net, 04/02/2008

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