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Iran Execution Trends Six Months After the New Anti-Narcotics Law

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IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MAY 28, 2018): On Monday, May 10, 2018, Iran Human Rights (IHR) reported the execution of Kiomars Nasouhi, a prisoner sentenced to death for drug offenses. This execution is the first drug-related execution registered by IHR since the latest amendment to the Anti-Narcotics Law was enforced on November 14, 2017.
According to reports by IHR, at least 77 people, among them three juvenile offenders have been executed between January 1. and May 20, 2018. Four were hanged in public spaces. Of the reported executions 62 were sentenced to death for murder, seven for Moharebeh (being an “enemy of God”), seven for rape, and 1 for drug offenses. For comparison, it is reported that during the same period in 2017, at least 203 people were executed, 112 were executed for drug offenses. The significant reduction in the number of executions in 2018 seems to be due to a temporary halt in drug-related executions as the number of executions for murder charges were nearly the same as …

Stays of executions last minute decision: Prasetyo

An ambulance carrying the body of one of the four executed drug convicts leaves Cilacap, Central Java on July 29, 2016
An ambulance carrying the body of one of the four executed drug convicts leaves
Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia on July 29, 2016.
Attorney General M. Prasetyo has said the stay of execution for 10 drug convicts on Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, was a last minute decision after considering various judicial and non-judicial aspects.

The decision involved the Attorney General's Office (AGO) and relevant institutions, Prasetyo said, without providing further details on the matter.

"It was decided to carry on with executions of four drugs convicts, while executions for the other 10 will be decided later and carried out at an appropriate time," Prasetyo said.

Meanwhile, the remaining 10 death-row convicts will be transferred back to their former prisons until a final decision is made, Prasetyo said.

He rejected claims that the country had halted the executions as a result of international pressure, adding that even though officials had heard many opinions, all parties should respect Indonesian law.

Freddy Budiman, Seck Osmane, Michael Titus and Humphrey Jefferson executed

Four drug convicts executed early Friday morning were big players in the drug trade, which was the basis for the government's decision to proceed with their executions amid global public outcry and local pleas for clemency, an official said on Friday.

The government executed four drug convicts Friday and spared 10 others after thorough consideration, Attorney General's Office junior prosecutor for general crimes Noor Rachmad said. Indonesian Freddy Budiman, Seck Osmane from Senegal and Nigerians Michael Titus Igweh and Humphrey Ejike were those executed.

"The four convicts were major drug dealers. For example, Freddy trafficked drugs in Jakarta, Medan, Bali and Papua," he said during a media briefing at Wijaya Pura Dock in Cilacap, Central Java, after the executions took place.

Moreover, all four convicts had appealed for judicial reviews and all had been rejected by the Supreme Court, Rochmad said.

"We conducted thorough and comprehensive consideration as to why the four inmates should be executed," he added.

The remaining 10 convicts will face further legal process, including judicial reviews, which was the reason for their executions being put on hold despite the preparations, including coffins, ambulances and funds for body transfer, being made for 14 people.

Freddy had been a notorious drug kingpin who was sent to prison on multiple drug charges. Arrested for the first time in 2009, Freddy was sentenced to death by the West Jakarta District Court for attempting to smuggle 1.4 million ecstasy pills from China into the country. He continued to control his international drug network and production despite being locked up behind bars on Nusakambangan prison island.

Meanwhile, Osmane was sentenced to death by the South Jakarta District Court for the possession of 2.4 kilograms of heroin in 2004. Nigerians Igweh and Ejike were sentenced to death for 5.8 kilograms of heroin possession in 2002 and 1.7 kilograms in 2003, respectively.

Freddy's body was taken to his hometown in Surabaya, East Java, Ejike was cremated in Banyumas while Osmani's and Igweh's bodies were handed over to representatives of their respective countries, Rochmad said.

Source: The Jakarta Post, July 29, 2016

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