USA | States Continue to Oppose DNA Testing in Death Penalty Appeals, Attorneys Ask Why Don’t They Want to Learn the Truth?

The last 3 men scheduled for execution in Georgia said they did not commit the killing and that DNA testing that was not available at the time of trial could prove it. In 2 of the cases, victim family members supported the request for testing. Prosecutors opposed the requests, and the courts refused to allow the testing. 2 of the 3 men were executed, with doubts still swirling as to their guilt.
Shawn Nolan, a federal defender who represented Georgia prisoner Ray “Jeff” Cromartie, summed up the sentiments of the prisoners, families, and defense attorneys in these cases. “I’d like to know what the state is so scared of,” he said. “Why are they afraid of the truth? This is sad and so disturbing.”
“We have the capability of testing a wide range of forensic evidence that we couldn’t test in the past,” said Death Penalty Information Center Executive Director Robert Dunham. “It is a powerful tool to get to the truth and to get important answers as to whether the criminal legal system has b…

Iran | 2 hanged in Adelabad Prison of Shiraz

Hassan Rouhani
2 prisoners were hanged on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2020 in Adelabad Prison of Shiraz.

The 2 prisoners had been convicted in a common case of murder and rape.

Hadi Mahi and Sadeq Akbarpour were arrested in 2016 and subsequently sentenced to death. They were detained all the time in Adelabad Prison.

The news of the hangings of these 2 prisoners has not been announced by the state media.

Iran’s deliberate use of capital punishment has been a constant source of international outrage and condemnation. 

According to several independent international bodies, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran and Amnesty International, Iran is the leading state in executions per capita, 2nd only to China in terms of figures. 

Iran also tops the charts in the number of executions of minors and juvenile offenders.

Some 3,800 persons, including dozens of juveniles and 105 women have been executed during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure.

Iran Human Rights Monitor has recorded the executions of at least 273 individuals in 2019.

They included at least, 6 political prisoners, 9 juvenile offenders and 16 women. At least 13 executions were carried out in public.

The Iranian regime uses execution as a tool to suppress and silence a disgruntled public the majority of whom live under the poverty line, are unemployed and deprived of freedom of expression.

In March 2019, the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, appointed a former notorious judge responsible for mass executions as the head of judiciary to keep a lid on social unrest.

Since then Ebrahim Raisi, who has participated in “death commissions” that ordered the 1988 massacre of thousands of prisoners, at least 173 people have been executed across Iran.

On March 5, 2019, the U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino denounced Raisi’s appointment as the head of Iran’s all-powerful judiciary calling it a “disgrace” and a “mockery of legal process” since Raisi is responsible for the deaths of thousands of political prisoners in the 1980s, including the 1988 massacre.

Source: iran-hrm.com, Staff, February 13, 2020

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