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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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Indiana Serial Killer Pleads Guilty to Killing Seven Women Out of 'Anger,' Is Spared Death Penalty

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A former Marine who admitted Friday to murdering 7 women in Indiana will be spared the death penalty as part of his plea deal, according to multiple reports.

Darren D. Vann, a resident of Gary, was first arrested in 2014. His trial was set to begin in October and prosecutors had indicated they would seek the death penalty, according to the Chicago Tribune.

But on Friday, The New York Times reports, Vann pleaded guilty to the strangulation deaths of Afrikka Hardy, 19, of Hammond, and Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville, and five Gary women: Teaira Batey, 28; Tracy Martin, 41; Kristine Williams, 36; Sonya Billingsley, 53; and Tanya Gatlin, 27.

After his arrest for killing Hardy, Vann led police to the bodies of the 6 other women.

Vann will likely learn at his sentencing hearing May 25 that he'll be sentenced to life in prison without parole, reports the Times of Northwest Indiana.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that Vann targeted women who lived in an area of Gary where women gathered to use drugs or prostitute.

Vann was asked by detectives why he started killing women in Indiana, and, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana, he told them, "Just I guess, anger. 'Cause I feel I shouldn't have went to prison the 1st time. You see what I'm saying?"

Vann served several years in a Texas prison for sexual assault, and moved back to Indiana upon being released in 2013.

Vann served in the Marines before receiving an "other than honorable" discharge in 1993.

Source: people.com, May 10, 2018


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