FEATURED POST

Will the U.S. Finally End the Death Penalty?

Image
In the past, abolition efforts have faced a backlash—but Gavin Newsom’s moratorium may be different.
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…

Man Executed In Eastern Iran; Four hanged over 'Moharebeh' charges

Iran, executioner
Iran Human Rights (Jan 2 2018): A 30-year-old prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Central Prison on murder charges.

According to Rokna News Agency, on the morning of Sunday December 31, a prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Central Prison. 

The prisoner was identified as Ali H., 30.

He was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering his own father in Jimabad Valley in 2014.

The family members of the prisoner were present as the plaintiffs at the time of his execution.

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 death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 3, 2018


Execution of Four Prisoners Charged with Moharebeh


Iran Human Rights (Jan 2 2018): The official media finally confirmed the execution of four prisoners who were charged with Moharebeh for robbery after two weeks.

According to Rokna News Agency, four prisoners were hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison on the charge of Moharebeh. 

The report doesn’t mention the time of the execution.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) had earlier reported the execution of these prisoners on Wednesday December 20. 

At least 8 more prisoners were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison on the same day. 

One of the prisoners who had returned to his cell by asking for time had told us that, “The four prisoners were not among the other death-row prisoners, who were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison, and were transferred to an unknown place one hour earlier.”

Three of the prisoners were identified as Moslem Mohammadi, Mohsen Kamali, and Abolfazl.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 3, 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)

Singapore executes Michael Garing

Alabama: Tuscaloosa County jury recommends death penalty in capital murder case

Eyewitness to execution: The Sacramento Bee’s coverage of 1992 gas chamber execution

Colorado’s death penalty repeal in holding pattern. Vote margin appears close.

“Texas 7” Member Contests “Law of Parties”

Singapore: Harvesting organs from death row "donors"

Assemblymember Levine Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Abolish California’s Death Penalty

Brunei to pass law that will punish gay sex with death by stoning

A Letter from Sister Helen Prejean to Governor Gavin Newsom

Despite Possible Innocence and Intellectual Disability, Alabama Intends to Execute Rocky Myers