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

Oklahoma: New execution date set

Oklahoma Death Chamber
Oklahoma Death Chamber
Death date set for last of 3 men to be executed for 1995 Tulsa store clerk's killing; He will be the last of 3 people who received the death penalty in the 1995 fatal beating to be executed.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday set a Jan. 9 execution date for a Tulsa convenience store clerk's killer.

Michael Lee Wilson, 38, is 1 of 4 people who were found guilty of the beating death of Richard Yost, 30, at a QuikTrip at 215 N. Garnett Road more than 18 years ago.

A customer who entered the store about 6 a.m. Feb. 26, 1995, and saw no attendant found Yost's body in a walk-in cooler, evidence at the defendants' trials indicated.

Wilson was a clerk at the same QuikTrip and had finished a shift about 11 p.m. the night before Yost's body was found.

Yost knew Wilson and would have recognized the other 3 defendants because they had visited Wilson at work previously, prosecutors said at the defendants' 1997 trial.

While the other three men were beating Yost to death in the cooler, Wilson, who was 2 days shy of his 20th birthday, went behind the counter and waited on customers, prosecutors said.

2 co-defendants, Darwin Demond Brown, who was 18 at the time of the murder, and Billy Don Alverson, who was 24, have been executed. Brown was put to death at age 32 in 2009. Alverson was executed at age 39 in 2011.

The 4th defendant, Richard Harjo, who was 16 at the time of the murder, is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. He is now 35.

Following Alverson's execution, Yost's widow, Angela Yost, released a statement.

"This execution will not bring Richard back, nor will it give me the closure that I am looking for," the statement says. "To be honest I do not know if I will ever have true closure."

After Wilson exhausted his appeals, Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked the appeals court earlier this month to set an execution date.

Executions are carried out by lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Source: Tulsa World, October 28, 2013

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