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In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

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To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write.
It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.
Kitzhaber was exhausted, having been unable to sleep the night before, but he needed to call the families of Haugen's victims.
"I know my decision will delay the closure they need and deserve," he wrote.
The son of University of Oregon English professors, Kitzhaber began writing each day in his journal in the early 1970s. The practice helped him organize his thoughts and, on that particular morning, gather his courage.
Kitzhaber first dialed the widow of David Polin, an inmate Haugen beat and stabbed to death in 2003 while already serving a life sentence fo…

Iran: Four hanged in Zahedan, Rajai Shahr

Public execution in Iran (file photo)
Iran Human Rights (April 25, 2018): A prisoner was hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday, April 25, a prisoner who was sentenced to death on murder charges was executed at Zahedan Central Prison. He was identified as Reza Sheykh.

Baluch Activists Campaign wrote that the prisoner had been held in prison for seven years.

Habibollah Sarbazi, Baluch human Rights activist, told IHR, “Reza Sheykh was executed this morning. He was 40 from Zabol and had been kept in ward 3 of Zahedan Central Prison.”

Moreover, HRANA reported that Reza Sheykh was transferred to the solitary confinement on Tuesday.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to statistical department of Iran Human Rights (IHR), at least 19 prisoners were executed in Iran last week. IHR had earlier warned against a new wave of executions in Iran following the nationwide uprising.

At least three out of twelve prisoners who were transferred to the solitary confinement of Rajai Shahr Prison in last two days, were executed on Wednesday, April 25. Iman Hosseini Moqaddam is still in solitary confinement.

According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday, at least three prisoners were hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison. The prisoners have not been identified so far.

The prisoners were transferred to the solitary confinement in a group of 12 on Sunday, April 22 and Monday, April 23.

One of the prisoners was an Afghan named Amir Khalili from Ghezel Hesar Prison, and another one was named Amir Ahmadi from Khourin Prison in Varamin.

Iman Hosseini Moqaddam, who is sentenced to death on the charge of corruption on earth by rape which he denies, was one of the prisoners who were transferred to the solitary confinement. He is sentenced to public execution and is still held in the solitary confinement. It’s possible that the authorities intend to carry out his execution in public.

A close source told IHR, “The authorities advised Iman to write a letter of repentance this morning. He refused and said that he didn’t need to because he had not committed any sins.”

Ahmad Sabet Ahmadi, Amrollah Ajdar, and Javad Sohrabi are three of the prisoners who were transferred to the solitary confinement. However, they were able to ask for time from their plaintiffs and returned to their cells on Tuesday, April 24.

According to statistical department of Iran Human Rights (IHR), at least 19 prisoners were executed in Iran last week. IHR had earlier warned against a new wave of executions in Iran following the nationwide uprising.

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 25, 2018


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