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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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Iran: Man hanged in Saveh Prison

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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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