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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

Death row inmates challenge Florida's use of a new drug in lethal injections

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Death row inmates are asking the courts to stop use of a new drug being used in lethal injections.

Amended lawsuits have been filed in U.S. District Courts in four cities claiming use of midazolam hydrochloride as the first drug in the three-drug mix leaves the condemned at risk for severe pain during an execution.

Florida used the new mix during the execution of William Happ on Oct. 15. It was the first time it was used in an execution and Happ didn't file any appeals challenging its use.

The seven inmates challenging the use had already sued to stop the previous mix of drugs Florida was using before the change. The filings this week seek to amend the original suits to reflect the new procedure.

Source: Associated Press, October 29, 2013

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