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With crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, 2018 was a deeply violent and barbaric year for Saudi Arabia, under his de facto leadership.
PhotoDeera Square is a public space located in front of the Religious Police building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which public executions (usually by beheading) take place. It is sometimes known as Justice Square and colloquially called Chop Chop Square. After Friday prayers, police and other officials clear the area to make way for the execution to take place. After the beheading of the condemned, the head is stitched to the body which is wrapped up and taken away for the final rites.
This year execution rates of 149 executions, shows an increase from the previous year of three executions, indicating that death penalty trends are soaring and there is no reversal of this trend in sight.
The execution rates between 2015-2018 are amongst the highest recorded in the Kingdom since the 1990s and coincide with the ascension of king Salman to the t…

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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