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: Four executed on murder, rape charges

Public execution, Iran
Three prisoners were executed at Minab Prison (Hormozgan province) on the charge of rape.

According to a report by Azad News Agency (ANA), on the morning of Wednesday, August 8, three prisoners were executed at Minab Prison. 

The prisoners, whose identities have not been mentioned in the report, were sentenced to death on the charge of rape in 2016.

According to confirmed reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR), at least 36 people were executed in different Iranian cities in the month of July, 24 of whom were sentenced to death on murder charges.

Prisoner hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison on murder charges

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday, August 7, a prisoner was hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison. 

The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was arrested in July 2014.

The prisoner was identified as Amir Ali Kalivand, 46, from Lorestan. He was transferred to Bandar Abbas Prison from Hajiabad (a city in Hormozgan province) Prison.

A close source told IHR about his case, “Amir Ali Kalivand was also charged with five kilograms of methamphetamine but he was executed on the charge of murdering a minibus driver.”

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 8, 2018

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