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The evolution of civilised behaviour, indicating a retreat from barbarism, has become a distinctive feature of most modern western democracies, but America often disappoints, retaining practices that shock, sadden, and in my case, nearly made me physically sick.
My visit to death row at McAlester State Penitentiary, Oklahoma, brought home to me, how the final setting for government sponsored killings, combined with execution by lethal injection, brought a brutal end to lives. And made a mockery of the idea of justice, offering instead a violent, humiliating, and inhuman act of revenge, with no serious pretence that any of these end of life dramas, provide any deterrence in criminal justice terms. Formerly known as “Indian Territory”, and home of the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma, with a population of over 4 million, became a state in 1907. Located in America’s “Bible” belt, where there is a strong fundamentalist Christian tradition and powerful Republican politics, Oklahoma remains a pro…

Iran: Three Executions for Waging War Against God

Public execution, Iran
Iran Human Rights (Sep 3, 2018): Three prisoners were executed at Zahedan Central Prison on the charge of “Moharebeh and armed conflict”. Moharebeh means waging war against God. 

According to a close source, on the morning of Monday, September 3, three prisoners were executed at Zahedan Central Prison. 

They were sentenced to death on the charge of “Moharebeh and armed conflict”. 

The prisoners were identified as Esmaeel Shahbakhsh, Dormohammad Shahbakhsh, and Hayatollah Shahbakhsh.

Habibollah Sarbazi, Baluch human rights activist, told IHR, “The prisoners were scheduled to be executed yesterday, but due to the protests about the death sentence being issued in revenge, the authorities delayed the execution. They informed the families of the executed prisoners about the executions a few hours after it was carried out. However, the families haven’t been able to receive the bodies yet.”

The executed prisoners were transferred to the solitary confinement on Saturday, September 1. There was an armed conflict between Jaish Al-Adl and the Revolutionary Guards in Saravan on Friday, August 31, which gives rise to the theory of execution in revenge.

According to a report by HRANA, the prisoners are charged with participating in an armed conflict with the police on July 7, 2015, during which a police Colonel was murdered. They are facing murder allegations as well as security charges, although they deny being involved in the murder of the police Colonel.

It should be noted that, on October 26, 2013, judicial authorities executed 16 Baluch prisoners who were sentenced to death on the charge of “Moharebeh” and “having associations with armed groups” as a reaction to the murder of 18 Iranian border guards.

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 4, 2018


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