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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 reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

Iran: 18 Executed Including Two Women and One in Public

Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
18 Executions Including 2 Women and 1 in Public and Mass Arrests

The Iranian regime hanged 18 prisoners over the past 3 days in various cities. 

On March 6, 2 young prisoners in the prison of Sari, 2 other prisoners, including a 70-year-old man in Orumiyeh Central Prison and 2 others in the prison of Garmsar were hanged.

The day before, a prisoner was hanged in public in Buin Zahra (Qazvin province) and 3 in Ghezel Hessar Prison in Karaj. 

On March 4, 8 prisoners were hanged in Rasht, Orumiyeh, Shahroud and Hamedan prisons. 

2 of the 4 prisoners executed in Rasht were women.

At the same time arbitrary arrests under false pretexts have broadened across the country. 

An all-women's party was raided and its organizers arrested, 34 young men and women were arrested in Ahwaz, 14 people were arrested in Sepidan (Fars Province), and 13 people were arrested in Bandar Anzali (northern Iran) were among the arrests made in recent days.

The goal of the wave of executions and arbitrary arrests is to intensify the atmosphere of fear and to prevent the spread of social protests, whose increasing trend has frightened the mullahs' regime.

Source: NCRI, March 7, 2017

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