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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: Two executed on murder charges

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (Apr 6, 2018): A prisoner was hanged at Maragheh Prison on murder charges in March.

According to a close source, on the morning of Sunday, March 4, a prisoner was hanged at Maragheh Prison. The prisoner, identified as Jalil Khademi, was sentenced to death on murder charges.

Jalil Khademi, who was from Marand city in East Azerbaijan Province, was arrested in 2014 and had been held in prison ever since. 

A close source told IHR, “Jalil murdered a man named Khosro Asghari over financial disputes. He had not been able to win the consent of the plaintiff.”

It should be noted that 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.

Man charged with murdering 3-year-old boy executed


Iran Human Rights (April 10, 2018): A man who was charged with murdering a 3-year-old boy was hanged at Rasht Central Prison.

According to ISNA, on the morning of Tuesday, April 10, a man who was charged with murdering a 3-year-old boy, named Ahoura, was hanged at Rasht Central Prison.

The murderer was earlier identified by the media as Meysam, 27. He was charged with physical harassment of a 3-year-old boy which led to his death on October 14, 2017. The forensics announced that the cause of death was cerebral hemorrhage.

Branch 3 of the Criminal Court of Guilan sentenced Meysam to death on December 7, 2017 which was approved by the Supreme Court on January 23, 2018.

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. 

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 12, 2018


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