Iran | Man Saves Mother’s Murderer Before Own Execution

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 29, 2023: Morad Biranvand was executed for drug-related charges in Khorramabad Central Prison. Prior to execution, he granted forgiveness to his mother’s murderer, saving his life from death row. According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Khorramabad Central Prison on 29 November. His identity has been established as 40-year-old Morad (Allah) Biranvand who was on death row for drug-related charges.

Turkey: PM Turns Strike Debate into Death Sentence Row

Amid doubts about the ruling party’s appetite for the ongoing European Union membership process and ten years after its abolition represented the most crucial step in the process, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has put the death penalty back on the agenda, suggesting that a majority of the public wants to see it back in force.

Erdoğan’s remarks on Nov. 3 came after he warned the hundreds of hunger strikers that their strike would not help in the release of Abdullah Öcalan, the convicted leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The strikers are demanding an end to the isolation of Öcalan as one of their conditions.

He then referred to the issue of capital punishment with regard to Öcalan. “A death penalty was handed to a terrorist chief who was the cause of death for tens of thousands of people, but this country abolished the death penalty due to pressure from known places. He is now serving in İmralı because of the abolition of the death penalty,” Erdoğan said. “Right now a lot of people say in public surveys that capital punishment should be reintroduced, because the relatives of the dead are hurt while others enjoy themselves at kebab parties.”

The death penalty in Turkey was abolished in 2002 by a three-party coalition government led by the Democratic Left Party (DSP). Coalition partner the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) did not block the government in going ahead with the proposal, but did vote against it.

Source: Turkish Weekly, November 5, 2012

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