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2018 Death Penalty report: Saudi Arabia’s False Promise

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With crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, 2018 was a deeply violent and barbaric year for Saudi Arabia, under his de facto leadership.
PhotoDeera Square is a public space located in front of the Religious Police building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which public executions (usually by beheading) take place. It is sometimes known as Justice Square and colloquially called Chop Chop Square. After Friday prayers, police and other officials clear the area to make way for the execution to take place. After the beheading of the condemned, the head is stitched to the body which is wrapped up and taken away for the final rites.
This year execution rates of 149 executions, shows an increase from the previous year of three executions, indicating that death penalty trends are soaring and there is no reversal of this trend in sight.
The execution rates between 2015-2018 are amongst the highest recorded in the Kingdom since the 1990s and coincide with the ascension of king Salman to the t…

Iran: Prisoner Hanged in Rasht

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Iran Human Rights (Jul 24, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Rasht Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday, July 21, a prisoner was executed at Rasht Central Prison.

The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was identified as Seyyed Morteza Mohammadi.

A close source told IHR, “Morteza was from Rasht and was dating a girl named Fariba. He murdered her and burned her body after a fight in 2015. 

He had a 9-year-old son who was present in front of the prison gate at the time of the execution.”

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.

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 25, 2018


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