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…

Singapore: Duo's sentences upheld by appeal court

The Court of Appeal on Monday (Feb 27) upheld the respective sentences handed down to 2 Sarawakians who were convicted of a brutal murder in the 2010 Kallang slashings. 

Micheal Garing, 28, who had wielded the murder weapon, a 58cm-long parang, was given the death penalty, while Tony Imba, 38, was sentenced to life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane.

The pair were part of a gang that had gone on a late-night robbery spree in the Kallang area in May 2010, severely injuring 3 victims and killing a 4th.

Micheal and Tony were convicted by the High Court in 2014 for the murder of 41-year-old construction worker Shanmuganathan Dillidurai.

The prosecution appealed against Tony's sentence of life imprisonment and caning, arguing that he should also be sentenced to death. Micheal appealed against his conviction and sentence.

On Monday, a 3-judge appeal court - comprising Judges of Appeal Chao Hick Tin, Andrew Phang and Judith Prakash - dismissed both appeals.

The court accepted that Micheal had used the parang to attack the construction worker, an Indian national. The "sheer brutality" of his attack warrants the imposition of the death penalty as he had shown a blatant disregard for human life, said the court.

"It seems to us that (Micheal) attacked the deceased in a totally savage and merciless manner as though he were attacking a hunted prey," said Justice Chao, delivering the court's decision.

In his "vicious, savage and sustained onslaught", Micheal had struck the top of the victim's head with such force that his skull cracked and had slit the victim's throat, he noted.

Turning to Tony's role in the attack, the court said it was not disputed that he had initiated the attack by knocking the deceased off his bicycle. However, Justice Chao said the court was not satisfied that Tony had held on to the deceased for a significant period of time long enough for Micheal to inflict the fatal injuries.

The verdict was originally scheduled to be delivered last month but the court agreed to defer delivery of its judgment on the request of defence lawyers acting for the pair.

The lawyers, Mr Ramesh Tiwary and Mr Amarick Gill, had wanted to interview Donny Meluda, who was handed to Singapore police on Jan 18. Now going by the name of Abdul Rahman Abdullah, he has been remanded in custody after being charged with murder.

However, Mr Tiwary told the court on Monday that Donny has indicated through the police that he did not wish to be interviewed.

A 4th member of the gang, Hairee Landak, 23, was sentenced in 2013 to 33 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane for armed robbery with grievous hurt.

Source: straitstimes.com, February 27, 2017

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