Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Iran: “Fake Postman” Hanged in Rajai-Shahr Prison

Iran Human Rights (Apr 30, 2018): Seyyed Iman Hosseini Moqaddam, who was dubbed as “the fake postman” by the Iranian media, was hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison this morning.

According to IHR sources, on the morning of Monday, April 30, Seyyed Iman Hosseini Moqaddam was hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison.

Hosseini Moqaddam, dubbed as “the fake postman” by the media, was sentenced to execution in public on the charge of corruption on earth through multiple counts of rape. However, the execution was carried out in the prison. 

The prisoner and his family denied the accusations many times and claimed that the real reason behind these accusations was political and financial issues. 

Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a close ally of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2013, was in a gathering held by the prisoner’s family in front of the Judiciary on November 27, 2017. The video of this gathering has been published by IHR.

It should be noted that Hosseini Moqaddam was transferred to the solitary confinement along with 12 others in order to be executed. Three of them were executed on Wednesday, April 25, but Hosseini Moqaddam’s execution was delayed for unknown reasons. 

The three prisoners who were executed on Wednesday were identified as Alireza Masoumi, Mohammadreza Kharratha, and Amir Khalili. All were sentenced to death on murder charges. Amir Khalili, an Afghanistani national, was also sentenced to death on drug-related charges, but he was executed for his murder case. 

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

Man Hanged in Isfahan on Drug-Related Charges

Iran Human Rights (Apr 30, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Isfahan Central Prison on drug-related charges. This is the first drug-related execution after the new drug law was enforced.

According to the IHR source, on the morning of Monday, April 30, a prisoner was executed at Isfahan Central Prison on drug-related charges.

The prisoner was identified as Kiomars Nosuhi from Kermanshah. IHR had earlier reported the transference of the prisoner to the solitary confinement.

A close source told IHR, “Because Kiomars was accused to be the leader of a drug gang, his sentence was not reviewed according to the new drug law. He was sentenced to death on the charge of a ton of morphine. Yesterday the prosecutor had told his family that his execution was not going to be carried out, but he was executed today at 5 am.”

It should be noted that the new drug law, which limits issuing the death penalty for drug-related offences, was enforced on November 14, 2017. Since then, the execution of the defendants charged with drug-related offences had been stopped. Therefore, this is the first drug-related execution that the statistical department of IHR can confirm after enforcement of the new drug law.

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 30, 2018

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