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…

Dubai court upholds death sentence of Jordanian child rapist, postpones final death verdict on Filipino housemaid

The judicial hearings in the case against a 49 year-old Jordanian man accused of killing and sexually assaulting Obaida - an 8-year-old boy, came to an end on Monday with the Dubai top court upholding the death sentence given by the 2 lower courts. He will also be required to pay Dh21,000 to the aggrieved family

With the verdict being confirmed by the Court of Cassation, it is now irrevocable.

In an earlier hearing, Ali Musabeh, who is representing the defendant - Nidal Eissa Abdullah, argued in his memo that the report of the committee of psychiatrists that mentally evaluated his client was not clear, satisfying or complete in diagnosing his client's anti-social character and showing how his condition was affected by his alcohol addiction.

Musabeh pleaded earlier for the Court of Appeals to exert leniency towards his client on the grounds he was showing regret over what he did. He said his client was under the influence of alcohol and could not recall what happened that night. He also cited his client's claims of being rejected within his own family which contributed somehow to his alcohol abuse, as the accused claimed.

The Dubai public prosecution has been pushing all along for the court to inflict the death penalty against the accused. More recently, Dubai Attorney-General Eissam Issa Al Humaidan stressed he would not rest until the defendant is executed.

That same report concluded Abdullah was mentally stable and sane and thus could be held responsible for his actions and behavior.

Last month, the Court of Appeals upheld the death sentence against the accused who was convicted in August last year of charges including kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing the Jordanian child while drunk.

The boy went missing on May 20, last year, and his body was found 2 days later on the side of a road in Al Warqa.

Convicts sentenced to death are executed in Dubai by a firing squad.

Court postpones verdict on woman convicted for killing boss

A Filipino housemaid who was convicted for killing her male boss in Al Ain might only survive the death sentence if the victim's children refuse to swear in court and opt for blood money, according to court.

The 28-year-old woman was given the death sentence in May 2015 after the Al Ain Criminal Court of First Instance found her guilty of murder.

The Filipina, identified as Jennifer Dalquez however appealed against the sentence with the help of officials from the Philippines Embassy.

Official court documents stated that the woman attacked the Emirati man at his home in Al Ain on December 7, 2014.

The woman, however, denied intentionally killing her boss. She earlier told court that she attacked the man in self-defence because he tried to rape her and that she never meant to hurt or kill him.

On Monday, the Appeal Court in Al Ain was to issue a verdict in the maid's case, but the judge decided to postpone the ruling to a future date so the victim's 2 children appear in court first and swear before he makes the final decision.

The judge will ask the deceased Emirati's children to swear before the court 50 times, in the name of Allah, that Jennifer Dalquez is the only person they know who killed their father and not any other person, said a court official.

"And if this happens, court will uphold the decision of the First Instance Court which gives the Filipino the death penalty," said the official.

"But if the children refuse to swear in court, then the diya or blood money shall apply."

The Filipina will then be ordered to pay blood money of Dh200,000 to the victim's family in addition to serving a jail sentence, which will be decided by court.

Officials from the Philippine embassy in Abu Dhabi had provided Dalquez with a defence lawyer and have also promised to continue to provide her with all possible assistance.

The judge adjourned her trial until March 27.

Source: khaleejtimes.com, February 27, 2017

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