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The Aum Shinrikyo Executions: Why Now?

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With the execution of Aum Shinrikyo leader and six of his followers, Japan looks to leave behind an era of tragedy. 
On July 6, 2018, Japanese authorities executed seven members of the religious movement Aum Shinrikyo (Aum true religion, or supreme truth), which carried out the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin attack and a series of other atrocities. None of the seven of the executed men were directly involved in releasing the gas on that tragic day; four of those who did remain under a death sentence, and their executions may be imminent.
The seven executed were involved in planning and organizing the various crimes committed by Aum. Asahara Shoko (born Matsumoto Chizuo), was the founder and leader of the movement, having developed the doctrinal system instrumental to Aum’s violence and its concept of a final cosmic war of good (Aum) against evil (the corrupt material world and everyone — from the Japanese government to the general public — who lived in it). Asahara is believed to have given …

Iran: Three executions carried out, two in front of large crowds

Parsabad public execution, Iran, 20 SEPT 2017
A man was hanged in public as a large crowd of people, including children, watched.

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 21 2017): A man by the name of Ismael Rangerz was hanged in public in the city of Parsabad (Ardabil province) on murder and rape charges.

According to various state-run news agencies, the public execution was carried out on Wednesday September 20 in front of a large crowd of people, including children.

The judicial process for the prisoner lasted for a total of three months before his execution was carried out. 

Iran Human Rights is concerned that Ismael Rangers did not receive a fair trial.

The research of Iran Human Rights shows 33 people were hanged in public in Iran in 2016 and an audience of hundreds of people, including children, were present for most of these hangings. 

Human rights activists and informed members of civil society have always severely criticized this issue.


Parsabad public execution, Iran, 20 SEPT 2017


An unidentified man was hanged in public on murder charges

Golestan public hanging, Iran, 20 SEPT 2017
Iran Human Rights (SEPT 21 2017): An unidentified prisoner was reportedly hanged in public on the charge of murder of a police officer. 

The public execution was carried out on Wednesday September 20 in the province of Golestan.

According to the state-run news agency, Tasnim, the prisoner was arrested and sentenced to death last year. 

"This individual was sentenced to death on the charges of extortion, armed shooting and creating a state of fear and terror in society. He had wounded five police officers, and one of these officers, whose name is Hussein Deilam Katouli, was killed," says the head of the Judiciary in Golestan. 

The prisoner's name was not released in any of the state-run news reports.

The research of Iran Human Rights shows 33 people were hanged in public in Iran in 2016 and an audience of hundreds of people, including children, were present for most of these hangings. Human rights activists and informed members of civil society have always severely criticized this issue.


A man and a woman were executed in two different Iranian prisons on murder charges


Iran Human Rights (SEPT 21 2017): A man was reportedly hanged at Mashhad Central Prison on murder charges, and a woman was reportedly hanged at Zanjan Central Prison on murder charges.

According to the state-run news agency, Khorassan News, the prisoner at Mashhad Central Prison, was executed on the morning of Monday September 18. 

The report did not identify the name of the prisoner, but identified his age as 29.

According to the state-run news agency, Mehr News, the execution at Zanjan Central Prison was carried out on Tuesday September 19. 

The woman was identified only by the initials.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 21, 2017


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