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: Man hanged in Saveh Prison

Public hanging, Iran
Iran Human rights (April 30, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Saveh Prison on murder and rape charges.

According to Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA), on the morning of Monday, April 30, a prisoner was executed at Saveh Prison on the charge of raping and murdering a five-year-old child.

The prisoner, identified as Reza Salehi, 34 years old at the time of the execution, was convicted of raping and then murdering a five-year-old child. 

Qasem Abdollahi, the head of the Ministry of Justice of Markazi Province said, “Reza Salehi was arrested a few whiles after the investigation started. He confessed to visiting the child’s mother especially at the night of the murder, but he only confessed to hitting the child, not the rape. Nevertheless, based on the evidence, the judges realized that the child was abused."

Abdollahi added, “after the Criminal Court issued the sentence in Saveh, it was objected to, but the Supreme Court approved the sentence and, afterward, the Head of the Judiciary was asked for permission (Estijaz) to carry out death penalty which was granted on April 28.”

He explained, “In case of Estijaz, the execution will be carried out even if the next of kin forgive the defendant or ask for blood money. In this case, the next of kin asked for blood money, and the defendant was hanged at Saveh Prison on the charge of raping Tabassom Bodaqi, a five-year-old child." Therefore, Reza Salehi was executed on the rape charge, not the murder charge. 

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 1, 2018

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