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

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"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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“Texas 7” Gang Member Loses Federal Appeal

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HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal from a death row inmate who was part of the notorious “Texas 7” gang of escaped prisoners.

Attorneys for 56-year-old Patrick Murphy argued unsuccessfully to the court that evidence failed to show Murphy killed or tried to kill Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins and that he had deficient legal help at his trial and earlier in his appeal.

Murphy was serving 50 years for a Dallas sexual assault when he and six others broke out of a South Texas prison in 2000. 

They committed numerous robberies, including the holdup of what was then the Oshman’s Sporting Goods store where Hawkins was killed, before being captured in Colorado. 

One suspect killed himself there.

Murphy is among three of the gang on death row. 

Earlier this year the Texas Department of Criminal Justice set an execution date for 45-year-old Joseph Garcia. 

He is set to die by lethal injection on August 30.

Three others have already been executed.

Source: CBS Broadcasting, June 12, 2018


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