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…

Egyptian Court Sentences 12 to Death Penalty, 140 to Life in Prison

Cairo courtroom, June 2017
Cairo– An Egyptian court sentenced 12 to death and 140 others to life in prison convicted of storming into a police station some four years ago in Menya and killing a police officer.

In 2013, former supporters Egyptian President Morsi broke into Matay police station in Minya Province, killing the station’s chief in retaliation. The incident followed the forced dispersal of mass protests in Cairo’s Rabaa el-Adawiya and el-Nahda squares.

According to Egypt’s penal code, the Grand Mufti Shawki Allam must review all death sentences.

Allam has already approved the verdicts, although his opinion is legally required but not binding.

Menya Court sentenced 140 defendants to life in the same case, while it acquitted 238 others.

In 2014, the court ruled death penalty to 37 defendants and the sentence was appealed.

Over the past four years, the court issued dozens of death sentences for hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters, including leaders, and thousands were sentenced to life in prison. The court of appeal annulled many of the rulings and ordered retrials.

Giza Criminal Court, decided to postpone reviewing the retrial of 4 defendants, including Tarek al-Nahry, into the case known as “Cabinet incidents case” to the hearing of 17 October 2017. Nahry’s lawyer has attended the hearing in accordance with the amendments to the recent Code of Criminal Procedure.

Nahry was sentenced to life in prison in absentia before he surrendered himself for retrials.

Judges Wajih al-Shaer, Wajdi Abul Menem, and Husam Ezzedine convicted the defendants of assaulting government institutions, setting them ablaze, vandalism, murdering a policeman, arson, and association with a terrorist organization.

The defendants vandalized and broke into several institutions such as the Shura council, parliament, and cabinet building.

Source: aawsat.com, August 8, 2017

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