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The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline. Public support for the death penalty has diminished. The practice is increasingly marginalized around the world. California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty. The year? 1972. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.
On Wednesday, again, California walked back its commitment to the death penalty. Though not full-fledged abolition, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on capital punishment lasting as long as his tenure in office, insisting that the California death penalty has been an “abject…

Iran: Two executed on murder charges, one in public

Public hanging in Salmas, Iran January 11, 2018
A prisoner who was charged with murdering 7 members of his wife's family was hanged in public in front of a crowd in Salmas.

According to a report by ISNA, on the morning of Thursday January 11, a prisoner was executed in public in Salmas, Salmas, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran. 

The prisoner was sentenced to public execution 5 times, 148 lashes, and 14 years in prison on the charge of murdering 7 members of his wife's family on May 17, 2017.

"The prisoner's name was Hossein Eskandarzadeh and he had been suffering from mental illness for years," Told a close source to Iran Human Rights (IHR). 

This is the 1st public execution in 2018.

Prisoner hanged at Qazvin Central Prison on murder charges


According to a report by Rokna, on Wednesday, January 10, a prisoner was executed at Qazvin Central Prison. 

The prisoner, identified as Sae'ed, was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering a man in Zaqeh Village in Abyek.

"I was in my shop when Ahmad came by. We drove toward a piece of land that I had sold him -but annulled the contract later. He was mad at me for selling the lot to someone else for a higher price. So we got into a fight in the car, and he tried to hit me with something he took out of the dashboard. I took it from him and hit him twice in the neck, but then I realised that he was bleeding and I got scared and escaped," said the defendant in his defence.

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 a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any degree of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January, January 12, 2018


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