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Iran Execution Trends Six Months After the New Anti-Narcotics Law

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IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MAY 28, 2018): On Monday, May 10, 2018, Iran Human Rights (IHR) reported the execution of Kiomars Nasouhi, a prisoner sentenced to death for drug offenses. This execution is the first drug-related execution registered by IHR since the latest amendment to the Anti-Narcotics Law was enforced on November 14, 2017.
According to reports by IHR, at least 77 people, among them three juvenile offenders have been executed between January 1. and May 20, 2018. Four were hanged in public spaces. Of the reported executions 62 were sentenced to death for murder, seven for Moharebeh (being an “enemy of God”), seven for rape, and 1 for drug offenses. For comparison, it is reported that during the same period in 2017, at least 203 people were executed, 112 were executed for drug offenses. The significant reduction in the number of executions in 2018 seems to be due to a temporary halt in drug-related executions as the number of executions for murder charges were nearly the same as …

Saudi prosecution demands death for terrorists

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Accomplices provided bomber with explosive belts, led him to mosque

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor demanded the death penalty for 2 terrorists who plotted to blow up a mosque in Qatif in the Eastern Province.

The pair, a Saudi and a Yemeni, had been instructed by the Daesh terror group to cause the explosion, the court heard as the trial opened in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The 2 men were tasked with leading a Pakistani national who had been designated to blow himself up in Al Mustafa Mosque in the town of Um Al Hamam.

The scheme failed after the police in the area became suspicious and fired at the Pakistani, killing him before he had time to detonate his 4-kilo explosives belt.

The Saudi man faced charges of belonging to, and operating for, the Daesh terror group, communicating with its members in Syria, participating in their terror schemes in Saudi Arabia, carrying an explosives belt from Riyadh to the Eastern Province to target a mosque and accompanying the would-be suicide bomber.

He was also charged with illegal financial operations and traveling to Syria to join terror groups.

The Yemeni suspect was charged with embracing a terrorist ideology, membership of the Daesh group, working on its behalf in Saudi Arabia, contacts with Daesh members in Syria, assisting with the terror attack by selecting a Shiite mosque to blow up and monitoring movements around the mosque to inform his Daesh contacts who commissioned the attack.

Saudi Arabia has had to deal with terrorists who attacked or planned to target mosques, mainly in the Eastern Province, but also in other regions of the vast country.

In January, it put on trial of a woman who helped her husband carry the explosives belt used in a deadly attack on a mosque on August 6, 2015.

The woman concealed the belt under her feet as her husband drove more than 1,000km from Riyadh to Aseer province in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

The attack on the mosque inside the Special Forces headquarters in Abha during the duhr (noon) prayers killed 5 soldiers, 6 military trainees and 4 Bangladeshi workers.

In an address at the start of Ramadan on May 17, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz said that Saudi Arabia remained fully committed to fighting extremism and terrorism.

"When terrorism spread out across the world, the kingdom continued to use all its means, political weight and international prestige to combat extremism and terrorism, and to emphasise in all international forums that they are not part of any religion or culture," he said.

Source:  Gulf News, May 28, 2018


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