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In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

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To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write.
It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.
Kitzhaber was exhausted, having been unable to sleep the night before, but he needed to call the families of Haugen's victims.
"I know my decision will delay the closure they need and deserve," he wrote.
The son of University of Oregon English professors, Kitzhaber began writing each day in his journal in the early 1970s. The practice helped him organize his thoughts and, on that particular morning, gather his courage.
Kitzhaber first dialed the widow of David Polin, an inmate Haugen beat and stabbed to death in 2003 while already serving a life sentence fo…

More executions take place in Iran

Iran Execution
NCRI – Four prisoners were executed on Saturday, August 6, in Lakan Prison in the northern Iranian city of Rasht.

The state broadcaster IRIB quoted Ahmad Siavoshpour, the head of the regime’s judiciary in Gilan Province, as saying that the victims were between the ages of 26 and 65 and one of who was an Afghan citizen. They were accused of drugs-related charges.

On August 3, eight prisoners were hanged by the mullahs' regime in Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran. The names of the victims were not released.

On the same day, two other prisoners were executed in Qazvin Central Prison, north-west of Tehran. Neither victim was named.

The state-run YJC News Agency quoted the regime’s prosecutor in Qazvin, Ismaeil Sadeqi Niaraki, as saying that two other prisoners were executed in Qazvin Central Prison on Saturday, August 6. The victims were only identified as Mojtaba N. and Majid H.

Sadeqi Niaraki added: "The sentence of these two accused was confirmed by the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Head of the Judiciary and was carried out in Qazvin Central Prison this morning."

In addition to these executions, prison guards are attempting to create a climate of fear for the prisoners in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison and Gohardasht (Rajai-Shahr) Prison, situated in Karaj.

According to received reports, the mullahs’ judiciary intends to execute another 18 political prisoners. The families of the prisoners talk about the brutal tortures inflicted on their children by the regime’s notorious Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

The names of the political prisoners are:

1. Zanyar Moradi

2. Loghman Moradi

3. Ali Ahmad Soleyman

4. Mohammad Abdollahi

5. Ebrahim Issapour

6. Bakhtiar Memari

7. Reza Mollazadeh

8. Houshang Rezai

9. Mostafa Salimi

10. Abdollah Sarvaryan

11. Anwar Rostami

12. Seyed Sami Hosseini

13. Seyed Jamal Mohammadi

14. Saber Sheikh Abdollah

15. Hossein Osmani

16. Diyako Rasoulzadeh

17. Hassan Faraji

18. Habibollah Latifi

Other sources say that six prisoners in Karoon Prison in the south-western Iranian city of Ahvaz are at imminent danger of execution.

On August 3 and 4, the six prisoners were sentenced to execution and transferred to solitary confinement cells in Karoon Prison.

One of the prisoners named Behrouz Shahriari was less than 18 years old at the time of his alleged offense.

Another report indicates that two young Iranian men are at imminent risk of execution in the Central Prison of Zahedan, south-east Iran. One of the prisoners has been identified as Youness Jamshid Zehi who is in his late twenties. He has proclaimed his innocence.

Last Tuesday, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described the mass execution of Sunni prisoners in Gohardasht Prison, carried out on the anniversary of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, an appalling crime against humanity. The regime is trying in vain to contain the volatile social atmosphere and popular protests by terrorizing the public, she said.

The time has come for the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council to end their silence and bring the record of the Iranian regime's crimes before the International Criminal Court. Ali Khamenei and other leaders of the regime as well as direct perpetrators of these crimes must be brought to justice, Maryam Rajavi reiterated.

Source: NCRI, August 7, 2016

Shahram Ahmadi’s final message prior to his execution by Iran regime


Shahram Ahmadi
Shahram Ahmadi
NCRI - On August 2, 2016, Shahram Ahmadi was executed with more than 20 young political prisoners in Gohardasht (Rajai-Shahr) Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran. During an interview before his execution, Shahram Ahmadi said: "Judge Moqiseh said to me that I have committed three crimes: being a Kurd, being Sunni and working against the regime. Each of these three crimes carries the death sentence."

Shahram Ahmadi added: "Here is Hall 10 of Ward 4 of Rajai-Shahr Prison, 40 inmates of this ward are sentenced to execution. They threaten us repeatedly not to take part in an interview. I have lost my brother and I have nothing more to lose. I am indeed innocent and I only want people to know about my innocence before the time of my execution."

Shahram Ahmadi talked about the tortures inflicted by the wardens in the prison, stating: "The most brutal torture, which we suffered from, was the electric shockers. The physical tortures such as flogging or slapping us did not inflict as much pain; however, the hardest punishment for us was to hear that our families have been threatened. Actually, the hangmen carried out one of the threats and arrested my brother while threatening him that they will also arrest the other members of my family. In order to torture us more, they used to heat up the heating in the summer and turn on the cooler in the winter."

Last Tuesday, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described the mass execution of Sunni prisoners, carried out on the anniversary of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, an appalling crime against humanity. The regime is trying in vain to contain the volatile social atmosphere and popular protests by terrorizing the public, she said.

The time has come for the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council to end their silence and bring the record of the Iranian regime's crimes before the International Criminal Court. Ali Khamenei and other leaders of the regime as well as direct perpetrators of these crimes must be brought to justice, Maryam Rajavi reiterated.

Source: NCRI, August 7, 2016

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