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…

Saudi sentenced to death for shooting policemen

Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Other charges include carrying guns, taking part in illegal rallies

Manama: A court in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday sentenced a defendant to death after it found him guilty of firing at on-duty policemen with the intent to kill them.

Charges levelled against the Saudi defendant included attacking police patrols with a gun and shooting at them, taking part in rallies and riots in Qatif while carrying a weapon to shoot policemen, raising slogans against the state and the rulers, purchasing and using a gun illegally, and harbouring a wanted fugitive.

Other charges, cited by Saudi news site Sabq, included not honouring a past pledge he made upon his release in a previous security-related case, monitoring streets and securing a safe passage for a wanted fugitive and taking banned drugs.

The Specialised Criminal Court said that its death penalty ruling was based on the heinous nature of the crimes committed by the defendants.

Under Saudi laws, the capital punishment case will have to be reviewed by two other higher courts before it becomes final and referred to the king for approval.

Source: Gulf News, August 3, 2017

Saudi religious police headquarters comes under fire

The force is known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice

Riyadh: A state-linked Saudi news website is reporting that assailants opened fire on the Riyadh headquarters of the country's religious police.

The force is known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

The website Ajel reported on Wednesday that no one was injured in the attack, which took place on Tuesday night when unknown assailants fired on the building in a drive-by.

Ajel and other Saudi media outlets said last week that the chief of the religious police in the ultraconservative province of Qassim, Fahd al-Khudeir al-Afaleq, was assassinated by unknown assailants.

Local media reported that al-Afaleq died in his home, from two bullets to the chest, and that the house was then set on fire in an attempt to cover up the crime.

Source: Gulf News, AP, August 2, 2017

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