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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…

Northwestern Iran: Four Prisoners Hanged

Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Two prisoners were hanged on drug charges and another two on murder charges at Urmia's central prison (West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran).

Iran Human Rights (JAN 24 2017): Two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Urmia's central prison on the morning of Monday January 23. 

According to close sources, the prisoners were sentenced to death on murder charges. 

Close sources have identified these prisoners as Osman Ghavitasi and Hamed Hamdollah.

The human rights news agencies HRANA and the Kurdistan Human Rights Network have reported on the execution of two prisoners at Urmia's central prison on Saturday January 21. 

According to these reports, the prisoners were sentenced to death on drug related charges, and one of the men had disabilities and was unable to move without a wheelchair. 

The two prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Friday January 20 in preparation for their executions. Information about them:

Ghabl Ali Bapeir
Sentenced to death on the charge of possession and trafficking 300 grams of heroin.
Was detained in the prison's clinic due to his disabilities and illnesses.

Sina Hosseinpour
22 years old
Was detained in the juvenile offenders ward
Sentenced to death for possession and trafficking drugs.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have not announced these four executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 24, 2017

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