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

Chinese Telecom Executive Sentenced to Death for Bribery

SHANGHAI — A former executive at China Mobile, one of this country’s biggest state-owned telecommunications companies, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve Tuesday for accepting bribes, according to Xinhua, the state-run news agency.

The sentence means that with good behavior the executive’s penalty could be commuted to life in prison. Li Hua, the former chairman and general manager of the Sichuan branch of China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone operator as measured by subscribers, was convicted of accepting more than $2.5 million in bribes by the Intermediate People’s Court in the city of Panzhihua, in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

The same type of sentence was handed down last month for one of the company’s other former executives, Zhang Chunjiang, who once served as vice chairman of China Mobile. He was convicted of accepting more than $1.15 million in bribes while working at a series of state-run telecom companies from 1994 to 2009.

Source: The New York Times, August 31, 2011

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