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…

Bahrain appeals court upholds death sentence for police killers

The Terror Crime Prosecution Chief Advocate General Ahmed Al Hammadi said the High Court of Appeals today upheld death and lifetime sentences pronounced by a lower court against defendants for killing 3 officers.

The defendants were found guilty of placing an explosive device to target police forces in the Northern Area on March 3, 2014, that killed first-lieutenant Tariq Mohammed Al Shehi and policemen Mohammed Raslan and Ammar Abdou Ali Mohammed.

The court ruled the execution of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th suspects and a life in jail term for the 1st suspect and the 5th to the 10th suspects.

The court also revoked the citizenship of the 1st 8 suspects, and ordered all suspects to re-pay collectively for the damage incurred from the incident.

The suspects had lured the police forces to the location of the blast through rioting that necessitated the intervention of the public order servicemen.

The suspects detonated the device as the police force arrived, resulting in the death of three officers and the injuries of 13 others.

Investigations carried out by the public prosecution indicated that the first and second suspects had formed a terror group as part of the so-called Saraya Al Ashtar terrorist organisation.

They succeeded in recruiting the other suspects who had experience in making and using explosives and in acts of rioting with the purpose of forming groups that undertake terror attacks against policemen, destruction of vital security installations to undermine public order and to prevent the authorities from carrying out their work.

The suspects made several explosive packages and held several meetings during which they prepared their criminal plot to achieve the goals and purposes of the group.

As part of their terror plot, they agreed to use a funeral procession and laid explosives attached to remote detonation devices in different locations where in they knew the forces would gather to maintain public order. They lured the forces to the locations of the explosives with the purpose of causing the biggest number of causalities among them.

The suspects during the previous night placed 3 explosives on the road and tasked the 4th suspect to detonate the 1st which killed the 3 policemen. They assigned other members of the group who are still at large to detonate the 2nd and 3rd under the supervision of the 3rd suspect while the 5th suspect would photograph the location and the rest of suspects would monitor the situation. On March 3, 2014, they faked the rioting to lure the police forces to the location. The 4th suspect followed the police arrival from the top of a building and as soon as the servicemen arrived he detonated the explosive using a mobile phone.

The suspects could not detonate the 2 other explosives as the 2nd package was affected by the 1st blast and since none of the policemen has approached the location of the 3rd explosive.

The prosecution referred the 8 suspects, 3 in absentia, to the 4th High Criminal Court.

The case was deliberated during the sessions of the Criminal Court which listened to their defence arguments. The court enabled them to present all aspects of their defence arguments.

The court listened to the Public Prosecution's argument in conclusion of which it demanded the maximum penalty be meted out on the suspects. The court issued its sentence after it found the suspects guilty.

The court relied in its verdict on the firm evidence presented by the Public Prosecution that the suspects had committed the crimes ascribed to them, including reliance on witnesses' testimonies, seized materials and tools used in making the explosives found in possession of the suspects, including evidence of communications found in the phone of 1 of the suspects on the day of the incident.

The court also relied on technical reports including traces of human cells of one of the suspect on the explosives placed on the location of the crime.

Under Bahrain's law, the case can be taken to the Cassation Court for the ultimate ruling.

Source: Bahrain News Agency, May 31, 2016

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