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…

India: 2 to hang for boy's murder, SC confirms death sentence for serial killer

2 to be hanged for Hoshiarpur boy's murder

Punjab's Department of Prisons will execute the death penalty awarded to Vikram Singh Walia and Jasvir Singh for the kidnap and murder of Hoshiarpur boy Abhi Verma. 

Their plea for a lighter sentence was turned down by the President's office on September 27.

Along with a woman accomplice, the 2 had kidnapped Abhi, a goldsmith's son, for ransom in February 2005 and had later killed him.

"This is to authorise and require to carry the said sentence into execution causing the said ... to be hanged by neck until he be dead on 25th day of October 2016 at 9 am in your jail ... with an endorsement certifying that the sentence has been executed," reads an order issued by the District and Sessions court, Hoshiarpur.

The department now has to arrange for a hangman. It has none on its rolls. There have been no hangings in Punjab after June 16, 1989, when hangman Kaloo was called from the Tihar Jail to execute brothers Gurcharan Singh and Pritam Singh of Sangrur.

As per the Punjab Jail Manual, 1896, in the absence of an official hangman, the jail authorities can get a hangman from another jail or else the Deputy Jail Superintendent has to perform the task.

Source: tribuneindia.com, October 2, 2016

Supreme Court Confirms Death Penalty To Serial Killer BA Umesh

The Supreme Court on Monday confirmed death penalty to serial killer BA Umesh. The court's division bench dismissed his review petition.

The apex court said, "Dismissed his plea for review of death penalty."

Earlier Karnataka High Court had also confirmed BA Umesh's death penalty.

The former CRPF constable was arrested for the rape and murder of Jayashree Maradi Subbaiah, 37, and sentenced to death by a fast-track court in 2006. 

His mercy plea was rejected by the President on May 12, 2013.

Source: News World India, October 3, 2016

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