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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many r…

Iran: Five executed, including 2 Afghan nationals

Public execution in Iran
4 Prisoners Including Afghan Citizens Hanged on Drug Charges

4 prisoners, including 2 Afghan citizens, were reportedly hanged at Taybad Prison (Razavi Khorasan province, northeastern Iran) on drug related charges.

According to a report by the human right news agency HRANA, the executions were carried out on Wednesday January 18. 

The report identifies one of the prisoners as Habib Khazayi. The names of the other three prisoners are not known at this time.

Iranian official sources, including the media and the Judiciary, have not announced these 4 executions. It is not clear whether these prisoners received a fair trial or had access to a lawyer.

"Young Man" Executed on Murder Charges


A young man was reportedly hanged at Jiroft Prison (Kerman province, southern Iran) on murder charges.

According to a report by the Iranian state-run news agency Jaam-e Jam, the execution was carried out on Wednesday January 18. 

The report claims the young man was sentenced to death for the murder of his step parents. 

The prosecutor's office and the revolutionary court in Jiroft have identified the prisoner only by the initials "M.Sh."

Although Iranian official sources have described the prisoner as a young man, they have not released his exact age. It is not clear whether the prisoner received a fair trial or had access to a lawyer.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 20, 2017

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