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In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

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To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write.
It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.
Kitzhaber was exhausted, having been unable to sleep the night before, but he needed to call the families of Haugen's victims.
"I know my decision will delay the closure they need and deserve," he wrote.
The son of University of Oregon English professors, Kitzhaber began writing each day in his journal in the early 1970s. The practice helped him organize his thoughts and, on that particular morning, gather his courage.
Kitzhaber first dialed the widow of David Polin, an inmate Haugen beat and stabbed to death in 2003 while already serving a life sentence fo…

Iran: 13 hanged, 3 verdicts for hand amputation

Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
 The mullahs' regime's henchmen sent 10 inmates to the gallows in Qum and Zabol on February 13. 

One of them was executed while his appeal had been sent to the regime's judiciary. 

Also, 3 other prisoners, 29 and 30 years old, were executed in Jiroft and Mashhad prisons on February 11 and 12.

On the other hand, 9 prisoners have been reportedly transferred to solitary confinement in Gohardasht prison for execution. 

Iranian Resistance calls all relevant international authorities to take urgent and effective action to prevent these executions.

A few days ago, Ali Alizadeh, an official in the so-called anti-drug campaign, called for the continuation of brutal punishments and said, "Adjusting death penalty does not contribute to the campaign, and faces it with challenges." (Khaneh Mettlat, state-run news agency- 5 February 2017)

In yet another case, the mullahs' judiciary in Tehran issued the ruling for cutting off the hands of three individuals charged with theft. (Hamshahri, state daily- 12 February 2017)

Unable to cope with the growing domestic and international crises, and in fear of public uprising, the hated regime of mullahs finds the only way out in intensifying suppression. 

The regime's officials should be expelled from the world community for their anti-human crimes, and must be tried for crime against humanity. 

Silence and inaction before the crimes of this savage regime over the past three decades has encouraged it to continue and intensify these crimes.

9 Prisoners Hanged


Judicial hand amputation in Iran
Judicial hand amputation in Iran
2 unidentified prisoners were reportedly hanged at Mashhad's Vakilabad Prison on Sunday February 12 on murder charges, and 7 unidentified prisoners were reportedly hanged at Qom's Langroud Prison on Monday February 13 on drug related charges.

According to the state-run news agency Rokna, 1 of the prisoners from Vakilabad Prison committed murder on March 11, 2007 at the age of 19 while the other prisoner committed murder on December 19, 2007 at the age of 21.

The human rights news agency HRANA reported on the 7 executions carried out at Langroud Prison. Their report identifies one of the prisoners as Saeed Shokri, 26 years of age.

"The prosecutor of Qom is newly appointed, and these seven executions were his way of spreading fear. Unfortunately, they didn't even allow Mr. Shokri's lawyer to file a request for a retrial. Instead, they ridiculed him and said that he should attend his client's funeral the next day," a source close to Mr. Shokri tells Iran Human Rights.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have been silent on these 7 executions.

Sources: NCRI, iranhr.net, February 15, 2017

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