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…

Two Malayalis awarded death penalty get Saudi king's pardon

Public beheading in Saudi Arabia
Public beheading in Saudi Arabia
2 Malayalis in Saudi Arabia who were on death row for murdering another Keralite, were pardoned by the Saudi king. 

Shaji Sedhumadhavan of Vazhikadavu near Nilambur and his accomplice Abdul Rasaq of Irikkur in Kannur were arrested by the police for murdering Senmon Joseph of Mylapra in Pathanamthitta on March 7, 2008.

Joseph, who was working as a salesman in Saudi Seafood Company, was on his way to Jizan with a large sum of cash, when he was killed by the accused. 

Both were known to Joseph and had accompanied him in his van and murdered him before decamping with SR10,000. 

They were nabbed by the Saudi police and a local court in Abha awarded death penalty to Sedhumadhavan while Rasaq was sentenced to 17 years in prison and 3,000 lashes.

Relatives of both the accused managed to arrange blood money to pay up as compensation to the family of the victim. 

They handed over about SR 3,05,000 to Sedhumadhavan's kin who forgave them in exchange for the money. However, the prosecution moved a higher court challenging the move to release the killers. 

The lawyers pointed out that the offence compromised the country's internal security and the court ordered to execute both the accused. 

In a last ditch at tempt the accused filed a mercy petition before the king who ordered for their release. 

Ending 8 years of uncertainty, both of them have been shifted to a deportation cell in Jeddah from where they will be transported to India, said Muhammed Abdul Rehman Al Ahmari, the jail officer at Abha prisons.

Source: The Times of India, November 5, 2016

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