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"And you're told it's time to die": A Personal Contribution to the 2021 World Day Against the Death Penalty

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The following text is excerpted from  Death Row Diary , by William Van Poyck. William Van Poyck -- who maintained his innocence -- was executed by the state of Florida on June 12, 2013.  The 58-year-old, convicted of the 1987 murder of Glades Correctional Institution guard Fred Griffis outside a West Palm Beach doctor’s office, offered his views on everything from prison food to movies to the blood lust of politicians who support the death penalty via letters he posted online with the help of his sister.  After his conviction, Van Poyck, with a reform school education, authored three books, one of which won first-place honors in the memoir category in Writer’s Digest 2004 Self-Published Book Awards.  Locked up with what the courts have deemed the worst of the worst, Van Poyck opened the doors to a secret world few can imagine... The following piece is excerpted from William Van Poyck’s dispatches written during the last two years prior to his own execution. "Robert Waterhouse was

Iran: Farzaneh Moradi, a 26-year-old woman, was hanged this morning

Farzaneh (Razieh) Moradi (26) was hanged in the prison of Isfahan this morning- She was convicted of murdering her husband, to whom she had been married to at the age of 15. Farzaneh’s daughter is 10 year old and has not seen her mother since she was arrested six years ago.

Iran Human Rights, March 4, 2014: Farzaneh Moradi, 26 year old woman whose scheduled execution was postponed one month ago, was hanged early this morning.

Quoting Farzaneh’s lawyer Abdolsamad Khoramshahi, the Iranian enws website reported that Farzaneh’s execution was carried out in the prison of Isfahan this morning. According to the report the lawyer had not been informed about the execution. According to the Iranian laws the lawyer has to be present at the time and site of the execution.

Farzaneh Moradi, was convicted of murdering her husband six years ago. At the beginning she confessed to the murder but later she said that it was another man identified as Saeed who had committed the murder. However, the court didn’t accept the new explanation and sentenced her to death (qisas, retribution in kind). According to the Iranian law, the only way to save her life was if the family of the offended pardoned her.

Farzaneh was married to her husband Ahmad at the age of 15, and became a mother of a girl when she was only 16. According to several reports Farzaneh was not happy with her marriage. According to her, the man who had committed the murder had promised Farzaneh that they would live together, and told her that if she accepted the responsibility for the murder she would not be executed since she is mother of a little child.

Farzaneh had not seen her daughter since she was arrested six years ago.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) strongly condemns Farzaneh’s execution. Referring to the sentence of “qisas” (retribution), Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: “Iranian authorities are fully responsible for Farzaneh’s execution even if by using the ingumane sentence of qisas, they want to put the responsibility of her execution on the shoulders of the family of the offended. According to the international law, punishment is the responsibility of the state”.

Source: Iran Human Rights, March 4, 2014

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"And you're told it's time to die": A Personal Contribution to the 2021 World Day Against the Death Penalty