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The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline. Public support for the death penalty has diminished. The practice is increasingly marginalized around the world. California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty. The year? 1972. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.
On Wednesday, again, California walked back its commitment to the death penalty. Though not full-fledged abolition, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on capital punishment lasting as long as his tenure in office, insisting that the California death penalty has been an “abject…

Execution of 8 Prisoners over 2017 Isis Attacks in Tehran

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8 prisoners who were sentenced to death over the Isis attacks on Tehran's parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini were executed today. Some of them were not directly involved in the attacks.

According to IRNA news agency, on the morning of Saturday, July 7, eight prisoners who were convicted over the Isis attacks in Tehran were executed. 

None of the official reports mention the execution site, however, since the prisoners were held at ward 209 of Evin prison, it is most possible that their execution was carried out at Evin Prison.

The prisoners named as Soleiman Mozafari, Esmail Sufi, Rahman Behrouz, Seyyed Majed Mortezai, Sirous Azizi, Ayyoub Esmaili, Khosro Ramezani and Osman Behrouz.

The prisoners were arrested after the 2017 terrorist attacks on Tehran's parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. 

However, according to several reports, some of those executed were not directly involved in the attacks and were sentenced to death on the charge of having information about the operation and, in some cases, providing the attackers with logistic support.

There is no information regarding the process of the interrogation, hearing, and trial of those prisoners. 

It is also not clear if the defendants had any lawyers or public defenders.

Iran Human Rights condemns the execution of those citizens. 

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson for IHR, said, "Execution is an inhumane form of punishment which is imposed by the government as a way of terrifying people and it will only result in the spread of violence."

Afghan Prisoner Executed in Iran


Iran Human Rights (Jul 8, 2018): An Afghan prisoner was hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges.

According to HRANA news agency, on the morning of Saturday, July 7, a prisoner was hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges.

The Afghan prisoner was identified as Naeem Manduzehi, born in 1970 and married with 9 children.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. 

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 7, 2018


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