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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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Japan: Killer of two buried alive gets life sentence, escapes gallows

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SAGA – The Saga District Court on Monday sentenced a 69-year-old man to life in prison for murdering a man and a woman by burying them alive in the city of Saga in 2014.

In the trial, prosecutors demanded that Teruyoshi Oho be given the death penalty for killing South Korean national Ra Si-chan, then 76, and his associate Chie Matsushiro, 48. 

The defense counsel argued Oho was innocent.

According to the indictment, Oho suffocated the pair on Aug. 15, 2014, by burying them alive in their car in a 5-meter hole dug at a soil treatment company he ran in the city.

The prosecutors said Oho called Ra to the site after the latter urged him to pay back about ¥40 million he had borrowed. 

Oho made his employees dig the hole beforehand and dumped the car into it using heavy machinery, they said.

Noting the crime was “premeditated based on a strong intention to kill,” the prosecutors said there were no special circumstances in Oho’s case meriting a reprieve from capital punishment.

But Oho’s defense team argued that the pair’s cause of death was not known and that his debts were not a valid reason for the killings. It also claimed the hole was for “dumping industrial waste.”

Source: japantimes.co.jp, August 8, 2018


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