2018 Death Penalty report: Saudi Arabia’s False Promise

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: Two Hanged in ‌Baluchestan, Man executed in Tabriz

Public hanging, Iran
Iran Human Rights (Jul 2, 2018): One prisoner was hanged at Saravan Prison on Saturday morning and another one was hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on Sunday morning. 

Both prisoners were charged with murder.

According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday, June 30, a prisoner was hanged at Saravan Prison on murder charges.

Habibollah Sarbazi, Baluch human rights activist, told IHR, “The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was from Paskouh, Saravan.”

According to Baluch Activists Campaign, the prisoner was identified as Ahmad Zumakzehi, son of Karim Daad.

Furthermore, according to HRANA news agency, on the morning of Sunday, July 1, another prisoner was executed at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges.

The prisoner was identified as Ebrahim Jahantigh, 26, from ward 4 of Zahedan Central Prison. He was transferred to the solitary confinement on Saturday, June 30.

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

Prisoner hanged in Tabriz

Iran Human Rights (Jul 3, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Tabriz Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday, July 3, a prisoner was executed at Tabriz Central Prison. 

The prisoner, charged with murder, was identified as Mohammad Aali, 52, from a village near Tabriz.

The prisoner, having been in prison for five years, was transferred to the solitary confinement from ward 9 of Tabriz Central Prison on Monday.

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 3-4, 2018

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