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

"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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Egypt: Final Verdict to Execute Six Defendants for Storming Police Station

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Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld on Saturday death penalty for six loyalists of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group over attacking a police station in the southern province of Minya in 2013.

According to the court, the convicts stormed a police station in Minya's Matay town, stole the weapons inside, killed a senior policeman, attempted to murder others, allowed detainees to escape and finally set fire to the police station.

It also reduced the execution verdicts against three defendants to 25-year imprisonment, upheld the 25-year jail for 59 defendants and acquitted 47 others.

The rulings are final and unappealable as they have been issued in response to a previous appeal by the defendants against the initial rulings of a criminal court.

Being supporters of ousted former President Mohamed Morsi, the convicts committed the acts of violence following the massive security dispersal of two major pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo and nearby Giza in August 2013 that left hundreds dead and thousands arrested.

In August 2017, the Minya Criminal Court sentenced 12 people to death, 119 to life imprisonment, two to 10 years in prison and acquitted 238 at the end of retrial.

The prosecution had referred the defendants to the criminal court after accusing them of taking part in illegal armed protests and assaulting police officers after storming Matay police station and killing its deputy chief.

The terrorists were charged with committing terrorist and violent acts and possessing weapons to sabotage state institutions.

Source: aawsat.com, April 29, 2018

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