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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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Iran Hangs 65-Year-Old Prisoner Without Giving Him Any Warning

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A death row inmate in Dizelabad Prison of Kermanshah was executed on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, while he was given just a few hours notice before he is hanged, and relatives are not notified until the prisoner is already dead.

Identified as Saleh Khanizadeh, 65, who spend 10 years on death row, was found guilty of murder. 

His family could not visit him before his execution as the prisoner was not told of his execution until hours before he is led to the gallows.

A source from inside the prison said, “He contacted his family even one day before the execution, but he had no information about the date of his execution. He was sent to the gallows without prior warning.”

Prison authorities delivered the corpse to the family after they received US$ 27 for the rope used for the execution.

Another prisoner was hanged on July 22, at Shirvan Prison, in Northern Khorasan Province.

The condemned, Salman Khodayari, was also found guilty of murder.

In yet another case, at least three prisoners were hanged on July 23, at Central Prison of Urmia, north west of the country.

Convicted of murder the victims are identified as Farough Daryaei, Mahmoud Hamzehzadeh and Kamal Soltani.

Farough Daryaei and Mahmoud Hamzehzadeh had currently been held at the youth ward.

Source: IHR Monitor, July 24, 2018


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