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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

Bahamas: Child molester, killer sentenced to death

KOFHE Goodman has today been sentenced to hang for the murder of Marco Archer.

Goodman sat in the prisoner's dock in the Supreme Court hearing crouched forward with his hands on his chin. He made no verbal reaction when the death penalty sentence was handed down.

Justice Bernard Turner said: "This case is a clear and compelling case for the ultimate sentence of death, to satisfy the requirements of due punishment for the murder of this child and to protect this society from any further predatory conduct by this convict at any time in the future.

"Kofhe Edwardo Ferguson Goodman, I hereby sentence you to suffer death in the manner authorised by law."

Marco's mother Tryphemia Meadows told The Tribune afterwards that the sentence wouldn't bring back her son, but at least Goodman 'won't be able to hurt anymore little boys.'

Goodman, 39, stood trial between April 17 and August 2 in connection with the murder of Marco Archer. He was found guilty despite pleading not guilty to the murder charge he faced.

Between September 23 and September 28, 2011, Goodman killed 11-year-old Marco Archer, of Brougham Street.

A death sentence, life imprisonment, and a 15-year prison term were the punishments Justice Bernard Turner was asked by counsel to consider in the sentencing.

Justice Turner said today the case for death was a compelling one - it warranted 'the ultimate sentence of death' - having taken into account the circumstances of the case and Goodman's criminal history - which had revealed his former victims of buggery and attempted murder were around the same age as Marco Archer.

Justice Turner signed the ruling sentencing Goodman to the death penalty and court was adjourned.

Goodman’s attorney, Geoffrey Farquharson, indicated the intent to appeal conviction and sentence.

He asked the court to direct the Superintendent of Prisons to maintain his client's remand status pending the appeal application, rather than hold Goodman as a 'condemned man.'

Justice Turner said he would consider the application.

Source: Tribune 242, October 30, 2013

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