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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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Alabama jury votes to impose death penalty for Peter Capote in Shoals teen's slaying

Peter Capote
A jury today recommended the death penalty for Peter Capote, one of five people accused in the 2016 slaying of Shoals teenager Ki-Jana Freeman.

The Colbert County jury voted 10-2 to impose the death penalty after convicting Capote, a 24-year-old Muscle Shoals man, of capital murder. He also was convicted of first-degree assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Circuit Judge Hal Hughston Jr. will issue a formal sentence May 24.

Freeman was fatally shot March 1, 2016 as he sat in a Mustang with his friend Tyler Blythe outside Spring Creek Apartments in Tuscumbia. Blythe, 17, was injured in the shooting.

Colbert County Assistant District Attorneys Kyle Brown and Angela Hulsey prosecuted the case. After today's verdict, Brown said he's thankful to get justice for Freeman's family.

"They've been through so much," Brown said. "Their patience and strength have been so impressive to me."

Capote is the third man convicted in the case. 

Prosecutors said Capote and Benjamin Young, who was sentenced to death last month, were the trigger men. 

De'Vontae Bates pleaded guilty last year to criminal conspiracy and agreed to testify about the plan to kill Freeman. His sentencing is scheduled later this year.

Two others -- Riley Hamm Jr. and Thomas Hubbard -- are awaiting trial. Hubbard is set for trial in June. Hamm's case likely will go to trial next year.

Authorities have said the suspects arranged to either buy or sell an Xbox to Freeman, but the transaction was a setup. 

The suspects believed Freeman and another man had stolen an XBox and TV two days earlier in a burglary.

Source: AL.com, Ashley Remkus, April 26, 2018


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