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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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Mennonite woman agrees to testify in death penalty case

Greta Lindecrantz
According to Greta Lindecrantz's attorney, Robert Ray's defense team believes that testifying for the prosecution could actually save Ray's life.

A Mennonite woman who refused to testify in a death penalty case on the grounds that capital punishment violated her religious beliefs has reversed course, and has now agreed to take the stand.

According to a release from Greta Lindecrantz’s attorney, Mari Newman, the criminal defense investigator now feels that her beliefs compel her to testify. 

Newman says this comes after Lindecrantz learned that Robert Ray’s current legal team believes that not obtaining her testimony would actually hurt Ray’s chances of avoiding the death penalty.

Lindecrantz was jailed on February 26 because she declined to testify for the prosecution seeking to uphold the death sentence of Robert Ray, who was convicted of two murders in 2009. 

Ray’s current defense team is trying to argue that the defense in his original trial was ineffective. Lindecrantz was an investigator for the defense in that trial.

Newman says Lindecrantz’s Notice of Intent to Testify was filed Saturday.

Source: 9News.com, March 10, 2018


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