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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

U.S.: Former executioners say it's time to kill the death penalty

Jerry Givens is no stranger to the death penalty. As former chief executioner for the state of Virginia, Givens executed 62 convicted criminals.

"I carried out 37 executions by lethal injection and 25 by electrocution," said Givens on Wednesday night.

Givens, along with fellow former executioner and warden Ron McAndrew, of Florida, were in Bakersfield as guest speakers advocating for the passage of Proposition 34 on California's November ballot.

Like Givens, McAndrew also carried out executions, but has since come to oppose the death penalty.

"I supported it through ignorance," said McAndrew.

The pair were invited to speak at Grace Episcopal Church, sponsored by California People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, an interfaith group.

Givens and McAndrew are touring the Central Valley, sharing their transformation from executioners to supporters of Prop 34, which abolishes the death penalty in California and replaces it with life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Givens said he came dangerously close one time to executing an innocent man. The inmate was eventually exonerated for his crime.

"If I carry out the execution, I have to carry the burden with me until I die that I took an innocent life," said Givens.

Kern County's top cops recently have come out against Prop 34 and in favor of the death penalty, saying executing a criminal gives closure to a victim's family.

"Nothing is more false!" said McAndrew.

Prop 34 has been struggling in the polls, but is gaining ground among the voters. According to the state's Legislative Analyst Office, California could save as much as $130 million a year if the death penalty is abolished.

Source: KBAK News, October 25, 2012

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