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…

Russian who joined ISIS in Iraq sentenced to hanging

ISIS fighters surrender, Mosul, Iraq, 2017
A man who left Russia to join ISIS in Mosul was sentenced to death by hanging in Iraqi court - the 1st such ruling on a foreign fighter, according to a new report.

The unnamed foreign fighter was captured after the fall of the ISIS-held city in July, along with hundreds of suspected jihadists, including German teen-bride Linda Wenzel, Telegraph UK reported.

Authorities said the 28-year-old Russian man was the 1st fighter to surrender when Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul, and that he admitted to "carrying out terrorism operations," since 2015.

He said he discovered Islam in Moscow when construction workers introduced him to the religion and, after getting a degree in engineering in 2014, traveled to Turkey with the intention of entering Syria to join ISIS.

It is estimated that as many as 7,000 people have left Russia and other former Soviet states to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Wenzel's case garnered attention after pictures and videos of her looking disheveled as she was being led out of the Iraqi city were published. She faces the death penalty but even if she is sentenced to death, she would not be executed before the age of 22.

As many as 5,000 men are awaiting trial in Mosul, judges told the outlet and 27 ISIS fighters were sentenced to death by hanging last month in Baghdad.

In 2016, Iraq executed more than 88 people, topped only by Saudi Arabia, Iran and China.

Russian who joined ISIS in Iraq sentenced to hanging

Source: nypost.com, Sept. 14, 2017

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Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2017