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The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline. Public support for the death penalty has diminished. The practice is increasingly marginalized around the world. California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty. The year? 1972. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.
On Wednesday, again, California walked back its commitment to the death penalty. Though not full-fledged abolition, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on capital punishment lasting as long as his tenure in office, insisting that the California death penalty has been an “abject…

Iran: Prisoner Hanged in Isfahan

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Iran Human Rights (May 21, 2018,): A prisoner was hanged at Isfahan Central Prison on murder charges last week.

According to IHR sources, on the morning of Sunday, May 13, a prisoner was hanged at Isfahan Central Prison. 

The prisoner, identified as Jafar Firouzkhani from Hashtrud city, was sentenced to death on murder charges.

A close source told IHR, “Jafar Firouzkhani was arrested and sentenced to death on the charge of murdering a car dealer in Najafabad, Isfahan in 2014.” He also added, “The defendant murdered the victim over the financial dispute. He was unable to win the consent of the plaintiffs.”

The prisoner was transferred to Isfahan Central Prison from Najafabad Prison a few days before his execution.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

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 22, 2018


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