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

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"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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'Barbie doll' plane bomb terrorists could face death sentences in Lebanon

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Two Australian citizens in custody in Sydney are among 5 men facing the death penalty in Lebanon for their part in a planned airplane bombing last year.

Senior Lebanon military court judge Alaa Khatib has recommended the 5 men face death by firing squad for their part in the alleged terror plot, The Australian reports.

The attack would have seen the plotters detonate bombs hidden in a Barbie doll and a meat grinder on an Etihad flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi on July 15 last year, killing 400 passengers and crew.

Amer Khayat, who is a dual dual Australian-Lebanese citizen, is the only 1 of the 5 in jail in Lebanon and would be the 1st to face the firing squad. The others, including the 2 men in custody in Sydney, will be trialled in absentia.

Lebanese authorities detained Sydney man Khayat last July after learning he had visited Tripoli multiple times to get married, only to get divorced a short time after.

During questioning Khayat allegedly revealed his attempt to smuggle explosives aboard the flight.

The plan was thwarted after hand luggage containing the devices was found to be overweight at check-in and left at the counter.

The bag is believed to have contained a self-timed bomb, hidden inside a doll.

That bomb upon detonation would have detonated another bomb hidden inside the grinder, stored in a 2nd carry-on bag.

Lebanese authorities notified Australian authorities of their findings, prompting a series of raids across Sydney late in July.

Amer's brothers Khaled and Mahmout were subsequently arrested and charged with 2 counts of planning a terrorist attack.

A 3rd brother Tareq, an ISIS commander, is in hiding in Syria. The 5th accused - a relative of the Khayats based in Sydney - was investigated by police, but no evidence was found to support suspicions he took part in the plot.

All 5 men stand accused by Lebanese authorities of participating in terrorist activities, being part of a terrorist group and scheming to commit mass murder.

Source: 9news.com.au, March 24, 2018


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