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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: Prisoner Hanged in Public

Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
Iran Human Rights (May 13, 2018): A prisoner was hanged in public in the Southern city of Bandar Abbas on murder charges.

According to Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA), on the morning of Sunday, May 13, a prisoner was executed in public in the Southern city of Bandar Abbas. 

The prisoner was sentenced to execution in public on the charge of murdering two park rangers.

Director-General of Hormozgan's Judiciary Department, Akbari, said, “Two park rangers from Hormozgan were shot by an unauthorized hunter in a protected area on June 23, 2016.”

The report doesn’t mention the identity of the prisoner.

It should be noted that the United Nations condemns public execution. 

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, as well as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, had earlier demanded that public executions be banned.

According to Iran Human Rights (IHR)'s annual report on the death penalty, 31 prisoners were hanged in public in 2017.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 14, 2018


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