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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many r…

Iran: Prisoner Hanged at Bandar Abbas Prison

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A prisoner was hanged at the southern city of Bandar Abbas Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday, April 24, a prisoner was executed at Bandar Abbas Central Prison. 

The prisoner, identified as Mohammad Jafar Shirzad, 41 from Khorramabad, was sentenced to death on murder charges. 

A close source told Iran Human Rights, "Mohammad Jafar Shirzad committed murder at his workplace in February 2015, and he failed to win the consent of the plaintiffs."

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

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges.  

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

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 26, 2018


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