Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2017

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MARCH 13, 2018): The 10th annual report on the death penalty in Iran by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM shows that in 2017 at least 517 people were executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
This number is comparable with the execution figures in 2016 and confirms the relative reduction in the use of the death penalty compared to the period between 2010 and 2015. 
Nevertheless, with an average of more than one execution every day and more than one execution per one million inhabitants in 2017, Iran remained the country with the highest number of executions per capita.
2017 Annual Report at a Glance:
At least 517 people were executed in 2017, an average of more than one execution per day111 executions (21%) were announced by official sources.Approximately 79% of all executions included in the 2017 report, i.e. 406 executions, were not announced by the authorities.At least 240 people (46% of all executions) were executed for murder charges - 98 more than in 2016.At le…

Two Suspected Taiwanese Drug Smugglers Arrested in Bali

Taiwanese nationals Yu Tsai Chen (44) and Hsiao Tzu Hung (30) allegedly smuggled 70 kilos of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia
Taiwanese nationals Yu Tsai Chen (44) and Hsiao Tzu Hung (30) allegedly
smuggled 70 kilos of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia. (JG)
Denpasar. Police and immigration officers arrested two Taiwanese nationals who allegedly smuggled 70 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine to the country last week at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali, on Saturday (28/05).

Speaking to reporters in Denpasar on Sunday, Ronny F. Sompie, the Justice Ministry's Immigration Affairs general director, said immigration officers and police at the airport nabbed the Taiwanese nationals when they were about to leave for Taiwan at around 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Yu Tsai Chen (44) and Hsiao Tzu Hung (30) allegedly smuggled 70 kilos of crystal methamphetamine, known by its street name "sabu," by hiding it in small generators.

The two were recorded entering Bali on Monday last week. On Tuesday, police found the same amount of crystal methamphetamine packed into 14 different bags at the Arcadia Housing Complex in Tangerang, Banten.

Two couriers working for a drug syndicate reportedly led by the Taiwanese duo—identified by their initials S and A—were also arrested during the drug bust.

Chen and Hung have so far refused to admit the drugs found in Tangerang belonged to them. Both will be flown to Jakarta for further interrogation.

Last month, police seized more than 80 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine—most of them smuggled from China and Iran in chocolate parcels and glue bottles—during a three-week raid in the Greater Jakarta area. Nine people, including four Malaysian, Chinese, Iranian and Nigerian nationals, were arrested during the bust.

Source: Jakarta Globe, May 30, 2016

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