Iran: The death penalty is an inhumane punishment for death row prisoners, their families and society as a whole

"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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Saudi Arabia national executed over armed robberies

Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Saudi Arabia has executed a Saudi man over armed attacks on banks in the Red Sea city of Jeddah 16 years ago.

The interior ministry said that Jameel Bin Mohammad Al Aseeri had 3 accomplices, 2 Saudi nationals and 1 foreigner, during the attacks.

The 4 gangsters covered their faces and stormed Al Rajhi Bank, fired in the air to scare the customers and staff. They dragged the manager out of his office and forced him and the tellers to give them the cash they had.

According to the case documents, they left the bank with SR85,000 (Dh82,243) and $4,000 (Dh14,690).

In the 2nd attack, they raided another bank, fired in the air and made away with SR190,000, Saudi daily Okaz reported on Monday.

In his confession, the ring leader said he had provided his accomplices with guns after they agreed to storm the 1st bank.

He said he was the one who fired bullets to scare the staff and the customers and that his accomplices took the money from the tellers.

Police said the main suspect had criminal precedents, unlike his accomplices.

The 1st court to review their cases sentenced all 4 defendants to death, but the verdict was challenged and another court decided the death sentence for the ring leader and 25 years in prison for the others.

However, the verdict was appealed a 2nd time and the court ruled 25 years for the ring leader and 20 for the accomplices.

The case was taken to the high court and the judges ruled the death penalty for the leader and 25 years for the others.

Al Aseeri was executed on Sunday after all legal avenues were exhausted.

Source: Gulf News, May 14, 2018

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