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…

Lindsay Sandiford celebrates her 60th birthday behind bars, holds party for fellow inmates

Lindsay Sandiford's 60th birthday
Lindsay Sandiford's 60th birthday party (via Facebook page)
Lindsay Sandiford held a birthday party for fellow inmates and supporters, but she has been warned she may be fast-tracked for execution.

A British grandmother on death row in Bali for smuggling cocaine has celebrated her 60th birthday after being warned she may be fast-tracked for execution.

Lindsay Sandiford held a party for fellow inmates and supporters as the Indonesia government prepares to send a group of foreign convicts to the firing squad this week.

The Mail on Sunday was given exclusive access to Sandiford’s birthday party at the notorious Kerobokan prison, where the Yorkshire grandmother insisted: ‘I’m not frightened of dying.’

Friends and supporters of Lindsay Sandiford posted photos of the event (above, left) and the following comment on their Facebook page "Justice and Fairness for Lindsay Sandiford":

"We are delighted to let you see some of the pictures from Lindsay's 60th birthday in Bali last weekend.
A warm thank you to the staff and officers of Kerobokan for allowing this moving event to go ahead. Your care and kindness to Lindsay has been remarkable.
Surrounded by a few close friends, Lindsay enjoyed pizza, a specially inscribed blueberry cheesecake from a local bakery, and drinks - but soft drinks only, of course.
It was a wonderful opportunity for some of the prisoners closest to Lindsay to celebrate her milestone birthday. Lindsay was able to see your kind birthday wishes and sends her love and thanks to you all.
A very Happy 60th Birthday Lindsay and may you enjoy many more to come."

Sandiford revealed that she had received a letter from Indonesia’s Attorney General six weeks ago warning her to lodge a final appeal within 30 days.

If she didn’t, it would be seen as acceptance of her sentence and she would be listed for execution.

But following legal advice, Sandiford refused to sign an official form acknowledging she had received the letter, saying: ‘It would be like signing my own death warrant.’

She has been told she is not among the first batch of executions expected shortly after Ramadan ends on Tuesday, but could be included in the next group of prisoners.

Up to 16 prisoners have already been moved to Nusa Kambangan – known as Execution Island – where they will be taken into a jungle clearing and shot.

Sandiford has been on death row since 2012 after admitting trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.6 million through the holiday island’s airport. She claimed a drugs syndicate had threatened the life of her son if she did not co-operate and helped police with a sting operation.

As she celebrated her birthday last Saturday with pizza, blueberry cheesecake and soft drinks, Sandiford told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I want to make the best of the time I have left.’

She watched video messages from family members in Britain, and her wish as she cut her birthday cake was for a hug from granddaughter Ayla, three. Ayla was born after Sandiford’s arrest and visited her in prison with her parents last October.

Sandiford said: ‘A lot of people don’t get to see their grandchildren as they grow up, so I’m not alone in that.’ After blowing out her candles, Sandiford joked to inmates: ‘Thanks for coming. Your taxis are waiting outside.’

Sources: Mail Online, Justice and Fairness for Lindsay Sandiford, July 3, 2016

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