In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write.
It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.
Kitzhaber was exhausted, having been unable to sleep the night before, but he needed to call the families of Haugen's victims.
"I know my decision will delay the closure they need and deserve," he wrote.
The son of University of Oregon English professors, Kitzhaber began writing each day in his journal in the early 1970s. The practice helped him organize his thoughts and, on that particular morning, gather his courage.
Kitzhaber first dialed the widow of David Polin, an inmate Haugen beat and stabbed to death in 2003 while already serving a life sentence fo…

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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