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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: Man hanged at Ardabil Central Prison on murder charges

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Iran Human Rights (May 16, 2018): A prisoner was hanged at Ardabil Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday, May 16, a prisoner was hanged at Ardabil Central Prison on murder charges. 

The prisoner, named Babak Rezaei, was sentenced to death and 10 years in prison on the charge of murder during an armed robbery. 

The robbery took place in October 2012.

According to a report by Tasnim news agency quoting the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Ardabil, Naser Atabati, “The defendant was 41 years old and he committed armed robbery and murder with his accomplice.”

It should be noted that during the last week, the statistical department of Iran Human Rights (IHR) reported 11 executions in Iran.

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.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 19, 2018


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