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…

Kenya: Man to hang for stealing toothpaste and toothbrush

Kenyan courtroom
A man who violently stole Sh16, a toothbrush and toothpaste faces the death penalty after his appeal was dismissed. 

James Muchangi was sentenced to death by a magistrate’s court in 2010 and has since been fighting for his freedom. His appeals at the High Court and the Court of Appeal have flopped and sealed his fate. 

On March 20, 2008, at about 5am, John Kanyingi was walking to a bus stage in Kahawa Wendani when two men armed with a panga and a piece of metal confronted him. They frisked his pockets and stole a black bag that contained a toothbrush, toothpaste and Sh16. 

The robbers cut Kanyingi on the left side of the face below the eye. He later reported the incident at Kahawa Police Post and was issued with a P3 form. 

On April 2, 2008, he was called by the police that two people had been arrested. The following day, the officers proceeded to Muchangi’s house and found Kanyingi's black bag hanging on the wall. 

Muchangi and his accomplice were then charged in court. The co-accused died during trial. 

In his defence, the accused claimed he was arrested by police officers while on his way home after having drinks at a local club. 

Muchangi maintained the charges were framed against him by the police as a way of keeping him behind bars. But the lower court did not believe his testimony and sentenced him to death for robbery with violence. 

He appealed before High Court judges Mbogholi Msagha and Lydiah Achode, arguing that the complainant did not positively identify him. But the two judges threw out the case and Muchangi moved to the Court of Appeal. 

In the Court of Appeal, he complained that he never led the police to the house where the items belonging to the complainant were recovered. 

He, however, could not explain how the items ended up in his house. “The fact that the appellant was found with personal effects of the complainant only days after the robbery points to the irresistible conclusion that he was involved in the robbery," Justices Philip Waki, Asike Makhandia and William Ouko ruled.

Source: Standard Media, Kamau Muthoni, September 25, 2017

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