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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.
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Iran: Execution of 5 Young Prisoners and Hand Amputation


Judicial amputation in Iran (file photo)
During the nationwide uprising of the Iranian people against the detested rule of Velayat-e faqih, the regime's judiciary executed 5 young prisoners from January 15 to 17. 

On January 17, a brutal sentence to amputate a young man's hand for stealing several sheeps was carried out in Mashhad Prison. 

2 prisoners of 30 and 33 years old were hanged on January 17, 2018 in the Karaj Central Prison. 

The day before, 2 other young people who 19 and 20 at the time of their arrest were executed in Mashhad. 

On Monday, January 15, a 27-year-old prisoner was hanged in Babol prison. 

Meanwhile, Abolfazl Chezani, who was arrested at age 15, is now on the verge of execution in Qom prison after serving 4 years of imprisonment. 

The purpose of these executions is to exacerbate the atmosphere of intimidation of young people who have suffered from oppression, poverty and unemployment, and who in recent weeks have shaken the pillars of the clerical regime with their uprising. 

The response of the people, especially the youth of Iran, to this brutality is the continuation of the uprising until the overthrow of the corrupt and oppressive clerical regime. 

The Iranian Resistance calls on all the international human rights organizations and bodies to take urgent and effective measure to combat arbitrary executions and brutal sentences. 

2 Prisoners Executed In Central Iran 




2 prisoners, each charged with rape, were hanged at Karaj Central Prison. 

According to Iran Newspaper, on the morning of Wednesday, January 17, 2 prisoners were executed at Karaj Central Prison. The prisoners were sentenced to death on the charge of rape. 

The prisoners were identified as Sina, 30, and a 33-year-old man. 

Karaj Central Prison, also called Karaj Central Penetiary, is close to Ghezelhesar Prison. The prisoners from Alborz Province are kept in Karaj Central Prison. 

Source: NCRI, Iran Human Rights, January 20, 2018


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