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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Women drug mules arrested by Indonesian authorities

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KUALA LUMPUR: Despite the risk of facing a death penalty, women are still willing to be a mule to smuggle drugs into Indonesia to earn easy money.

In the latest case, a 21-year-old Malaysian woman was arrested by the Indonesian authorities after she was found smuggling methamphetamine into the republic.

The woman was detained by the authorities on Thursday at Jalan Tien Soeharto, Nunukan regency in North Kalimantan.

A source said she was arrested at about 8pm when police received tip-off on her suspicious activities.

“Police found methamphetamine and tool to consume the drugs on the woman who hails from Tawau, Sabah.”

In a separate case, a 25-year-old woman was nabbed after being suspected of trafficking methamphetamine.

“The Indonesian woman flew from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and was immediately arrested when she touched down at Bandung Husein Sastranegara International Airport.

“She attempted to bring in the drugs by strapping the substance onto her thighs.

“During interrogation, she claimed that her African friend, whom she met in Kuala Lumpur, had paid her to transport the 665g of methamphetamine,” the source said.

Meanwhile, Federal police Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department deputy director Datuk Kang Chez Chiang said money remained the main factor why women were willing to become drug mules.

“All drug mules are paid upon delivery of the drugs to the receiver (syndicate). All transportation and accommodation are taken care of with pocket money given to the drug mules.

“Other factors are paying off debts or financial problems. There are also some women who are willing to do it for the love of their boyfriend or husband who are mostly foreigners,” he said.

Under Indonesian strict drug laws, the maximum punishment for importing more than five grammes of illegal narcotics into the country is death penalty.

It is learnt that a kilogramme of methamphetamine worth between RM80,000 and RM100,000 in Malaysia, is valued at three times higher the prices in Indonesia.

Source: New Straits Times, May 13, 2018

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