“River of Fire”: In New Memoir, Sister Helen Prejean Reflects on Decades of Fighting Executions

The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to resume the death penalty after a more than 15-year moratorium. This week Attorney General William Barr proposed fast-tracking executions in mass murder cases, and last month ordered the execution of five death row prisoners beginning in December. The federal government has executed just three people since 1963 — the last being in 2003. The death penalty is widely condemned by national governments, international bodies and human rights groups across the world. Experts say capital punishment does not help deter homicides and that errors and racism in the criminal justice system extend to those sentenced to death. We speak with Sister Helen Prejean, a well-known anti-death-penalty activist who began her prison ministry over 30 years ago. She is the author of the best-selling book “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty,” which was turned into an Academy Award-winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. …

Iran: Death sentence for propaganda

RAHANA – Habibollah Golparipour, a native of Sanandaj (capital of Kurdistan, Iran), was sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court in the city of Mahabad (Kurdistan, Iran).

Golparipour was accused of propaganda and membership in an anti-regime group. He was tried on the charge of Moharebeh (enmity against God). The court cited articles 186 and 190 of the Islamic Penal Code for its decision.

Golparipour is currently detained in Mahabad prison. He spent part of his six-month pre-trial detention in Sanandaj. Golparipour’s lawyer Seyed Ehsan Mohtava confirmed the death sentence and stated that he plans to appeal the ruling issued to his client. Golparipour and his lawyer have 20 days to file an appeal.

Source: Persian2English, April 25, 2010

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