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…

Egypt: 22-year-old executed for raping, killing child; rapist of 2-year-old handed death penalty

Egyptian authorities execute man convicted of raping and murdering 5-year-old girl in Minya governorate

Egyptian prison authorities executed Wednesday a 22-year-old man convicted of raping and murdering a 5-year-old girl in Upper Egypt's Minya governorate in March 2014.

Investigations in the case revealed that the convict kidnapped the girl, before taking her to an abandoned building in Maghaha village and raping her. He choked her with a cloth and repeatedly hit her in the head.

The convict's death verdict was upheld by the Court of Cassation in February 2016.

The Minya governorate prisons department also executed Wednesday 5 people convicted of murder in Qena and Gharbeya governorates under tight security measures.

On Tuesday, an Egyptian criminal court referred to the Grand Mufti a death sentence issued against a man convicted of raping a 20-month-old child in the Nile Delta governorate of Daqahliya last month in a case known publicly known as "the diaper girl's case."

The court is expected to confirm the sentence on 2 June after the Grand Mufti gives his opinion, which is not legally binding, on the validity of the death sentence according to Islamic law.

The most famous case of the rape and murder of a child happened in the coastal governorate of Port-Said in 2013, when 2 minors kidnapped, raped and killed 5-year-old girl Zeina Arafa, provoking rage and public outcry across the country.

The convicts in this case were sentenced by a criminal court to 20 years in prison. The court apologised to the public for not imposing capital punishment, as Egyptian law forbids issuing the death penalty to people younger than 18 years old.

Rapist of 2-Year-Old Girl Handed Death Penalty

An Egyptian Criminal Court gave a 35-year-old man, who had raped a baby girl in March, a death sentence, referring the case to Dar al-Iftaa.

The final verdict is to be issued on June 2.

Being the survivor's neighbour, the rapist narrated how he took her as she was playing in front of her house in Dakahlia governorate into an uninhabited room, removed her diaper before he raped her, and ran away when he found her bleeding. The 20-month-old girl was transferred to a hospital to get a reconstructive surgery due to major damages in her vagina.

"My daughter can't utter the words mama and papa yet and all of this has happened to her. My heart is burning and there's nothing I can do for her," the mother of the raped child said, according to Egypt Independent.

The deputy of Egypt's al-Azhar, the largest Muslim beacon had called for anyone found guilty of molesting child to receive the death penalty, he told state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.

In Egypt, all capital punishment sentences are referred to Dar al-Iftaa, a religious body giving rulings to the masses and consultation for the judiciary.

Sources: ahram.org.eg, gyptianstreets.com, May 3, 2017

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