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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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Georgia: Stay lifted in Robert Earl Butts Jr. execution

Robert Earl Butts Jr.
Eighteen hours after stopping the scheduled execution of Robert Earl Butts Jr., the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Thursday lifted its own stay.

He is now set to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Friday, state Department of Corrections officials said.

In an unusual move, the parole board issued a 90-day stay Wednesday evening, saying it needed time to consider new information presented in a meeting with Butts’ lawyers. Butts, 40, had been set to die at 7 p.m. Thursday. 

Donovan Corey Parks, a correctional officer in Georgia, was murdered on March 28, 1996, while off duty. He was 25. His killers, Robert Earl Butts Jr.and Marion "Murdock" Wilson, are on death row.

“Knowing the gravity of its decisions, the board extended deliberations in order to consider supplemental information submitted during the meeting that members had not previously reviewed,” said spokesman Steve Hayes. 

“Completing that process, the Board voted to deny clemency.” 

Butts was convicted of murdering Donovan Corey Parks, an off-duty corrections officer, in 1996.

Butts, then 18, and Marion “Murdock” Wilson were sentenced to died in Baldwin County for shooting Parks in the back of the head with a sawed-off shotgun and then taking his 1992 Acura with hopes of selling it for parts.

Source: acj.com, Rondha Cook, May, 2018


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