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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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Ohio Gov. John Kasich commutes death sentence for killer set for execution in two weeks

William Montgomery
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich granted clemency for a Toledo-area killer who was two weeks away from execution. 

Kasich's decision Monday to spare William Montgomery's life comes 10 days after the Ohio Parole Board voted 6-4 to recommend mercy for him.

The board's report showed the majority had too many questions over inconsistent witness statements that weren't disclosed to Montgomery when he was on trial and whether the jury made its decision on sound grounds.

Montgomery, 52, was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on April 11.

He has been in prison since 1986 and was sentenced to death for the murder of Deborah Ogle during a robbery. 

He was also convicted of murdering Cynthia Tincher, Ogle's roommate.

Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates had asked the parole board to deny Montgomery's request for clemency.

Source: cleveland.com, March 26, 2018


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