Iran: The death penalty is an inhumane punishment for death row prisoners, their families and society as a whole

"Whether guilty or not, the outcome of the death penalty is the same. In Iran, the death penalty is by hanging, and it takes from several agonising seconds to several harrowing minutes for death to occur and for everything to be over."

Every year several hundred people are executed by the Iranian authorities.
According to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and other human rights groups, death row prisoners have often no access to a defence lawyer after their arrest and are sentenced to death following unfair trials and based on confessions extracted from them under torture. 
These are issues which have been addressed in IHR’s previous reports. The current report is based on first-hand accounts of several inmates held in Iran's prisons and their families. The report seeks to illustrate other aspects of how the death penalty affects the inmate, their families and, as a consequence, society.
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Ex-Security Guard To Hang For Murdering Woman, Copulating With Corpse

The convicted murderer of Perak Veterinary Department deputy director Dr Rohani Kassim lost his final bid to escape the gallows after the Federal Court dismissed his appeal against his conviction and death sentence.

In handing down the verdict on Syahmie Hassan, a 5-man bench led by Tun Md Raus Sharif unanimously ruled that after reading the evidence adduced during the trial, they found that there was no reason to interfere with the Court of Appeal's decision which upheld the appellant's conviction and sentence.

Syahmie, 27, a former security guard who had murdered the victim and copulated with the body, was found guilty of the offence by the Ipoh High Court in Perak on July 31, 2015, and was sentenced to death.

He had killed Dr Rohani, 38, inside an apartment unit in Persiaran Lembah Perpaduan, Permai Lake View in Ulu Kinta, Perak, between 6pm and 7.30pm, on Aug 3, 2011.

Evidence showed that he did not only murder Dr Rohani by choking her to death but he then had sex with her corpse after breaking into her apartment.

The other judges who presided were Tan Sri Hasan Lah, Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim, Tan Sri Jeffery Tan Kok Wha and Datuk Alizatul Khair Osman Khairuddin.

Earlier, Syahmie's counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik argued that failure on the prosecution's part to call a psychiatrist as witness was perjudicial to his client.

Deputy public prosecutor Faizah Mohd Salleh said the burden of proof in a defence of insanity lies on the appellant, not the prosecution.

On May 18, 2016, the Court of Appeal upheld Syahmie's conviction and death penalty ruling that there was no grounds for insanity.

It was previously reported that the body of a woman wrapped in a thick blanket was found on a staircase.

The suspect at that time was carrying the body to dispose it when he was caught by security guards.

Source: malaysiandigest.com, January 11, 2018

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