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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 r…

Iran: Two Brothers Hanged in Public over Armed Robbery Charges

Public execution of two brothers, Dogonbadan, Iran, 15 March 2017
Iran Human Rights (March 15, 2018): Two prisoners were hanged in public on the charge of armed robbery today. 

According to IRIB, on the morning of Thursday, March 15, two prisoners were hanged in public in Dogonbadan (the capital of Gachsaran County, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province). 

The two prisoners were brothers, and they were sentenced to death on the charge of armed robbery from a jewellery store and murdering two of the shopkeepers. 

The robbery took place in September 2017, and the prisoners were arrested on December 6. 

Their execution was carried out in less than 100 days. Issuing death sentence in such a short time may result in the defendants’ right to a fair trial being denied. 

The Chief Justice of Gachsaran County, Reza Mishan, said, “On February 4, 2018, the death sentence for the thieves was issued by the Revolutionary Court in Gachsaran, and it was approved by the Supreme Court on March 11.”

“The sole purpose of public execution is creating fear among people,” said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of IHR, “We call on the international community to immediately stop this terrifying show.”

It should be noted that the report does not mention for which crime the two prisoners had been sentenced to death.

According to the annual report on the death penalty which has been published by IHR recently, 31 public executions have been carried out in 2017.

Source: Iran Human Rights, March 15, 2018

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