FEATURED POST

In the Bible Belt, Christmas Isn’t Coming to Death Row

Image
When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

Execution of Juvenile Offender Postponed in Iran

Iran executes juvenile offenders
Iran Human Rights (Jan 17, 2018): The execution of Abolfazl Chezahi Sharahi, a juvenile-offender who was in a death-row to be executed this morning at Qom Central Prison, was delayed for unknown reasons. 

A day before, the IHR and other international organizations called for immediate action of the international community. 

According to a close source, authorities had informed Abolfazl Chezahi Sharahi’s family that his execution was scheduled to be carried out on Wednesday, January 17. 

However, the execution of this juvenile-offender was delayed today for unknown reasons and he still stays in danger of execution.

Abolfazl is sentenced to death on the charge of murder during a street fight. 

He was born on January 16, 1999, and he was only 15 at the time of committing the crime on December 26, 2013.

His public defender asked for a checkup by the forensics on July 20, 2014, and the forensics report states: “The 15-year-old defendant who committed murder last winter, is mentally mature and aware of his action (murder).”

The juvenile offender is now 19 and is held at Qom Central Prison (Langaroud). 

Abolfazl could not afford a lawyer; Therefore, Iran Human Rights (IHR) asks Human Rights lawyers who have had similar cases before, to handle his case on the humanitarian basis. 

According to the Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, five juveniles have been executed in 2017. The international laws ban the execution of juveniles.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 17, 2018


Prisoner Executed in Northern Iran


A prisoner was executed at Babol Prison on murder charges.

According to a report by HRANA, on the morning of Monday, January 15, a prisoner was executed at Babol prison. The 27-year-old prisoner, identified as Y. S., was sentenced to death on murder charges.

The prisoner had murdered his wife 3 years ago.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 142 of the 530 execution sentences in 2016 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of any classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for all types of the murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 16, 2018


⚑ | Report an error, an omission, a typo; suggest a story or a new angle to an existing story; submit a piece, a comment; recommend a resource; contact the webmaster, contact us: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com.


Opposed to Capital Punishment? Help us keep this blog up and running! DONATE!



"One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed,
but by the punishments that the good have inflicted." -- Oscar Wilde

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

Florida executes Jose Jimenez

Iran: Billionaire To Be Hanged After Government Collects His Money

Prisoner executions in Belarus ‘simply unacceptable’, says UN rights body

Opinion: Jerry Brown Has the Power to Save 740 Lives. He Should Use It.

The Electric Chair Is Back and the Death Penalty Is on Life Support

As next execution looms, Florida debates the drugs it uses to kill

Lukashenko: Decision on capital punishment should be made by people

20 Minutes to Death: Record of the Last Execution in France

Iran: Prisoner hanged in Mashhad

The slow death of the death penalty in the U.S.