Trump's last days in office marred by disregard for human life. Death penalty just another example.

Trump reinstated federal executions after nearly 20 years, with two slated for this week. When will the U.S. drop the practice and join other Western nations? If there's one thing that has defined the final days of the Trump administration, it's the lack of regard for human life. We saw that play out Wednesday after President Donald Trump incited rioters to bust through the U.S. Capitol and hunt down members of Congress.  Inciting a violent assault on the Capitol also displayed a disregard for democracy and the rule of law. This was the tragic finale of four years of failed federal leadership, and far from the only instance where the president’s disdain for human life has been demonstrated. His abject failure to provide the leadership necessary to deal effectively with the COVID-19 pandemic is beyond dispute, with the consequence being that the daily death count from COVID-19 has now surpassed that of 9/11. In the face of these unfolding tragedies, and at a time when the Trump

Iran | Two Prisoners Executed in Qom

Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 9, 2020: Two prisoners on death row for “drug-related” charges, have been executed in Qom Central Prison. A third prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was returned from the gallows after being granted a delay by the complainants in his case.

According to Iran Human Rights, two male prisoners were executed in Qom Central Prison in the early hours of this morning, 9 January. 

Their identities have been established as Farzad Mohammad-Noureh and Mehdi Joushani. In a joint case, they had been sentenced to death on “drug-related” charges.

A third prisoner, known only as Sasan, who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder and behind bars for eight years, was returned to his cell after the complainants in his case agreed to a delay.

The three men had been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions last week and had visited their families for the last time at noon on Thursday, January 7.

Speaking to IHR about the executed men’s case, an informed source said: “Farzad Mohammad-Noureh and Mehdi Joushani were accused of carrying 135 kilograms of methamphetamine.”

At the time of writing, their executions have not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

According to Iran Human Rights’ annual report, at least 225 of the 280 of those executed in 2019 were charged with "premeditated murder."

As there are no legal distinctions made between murder and manslaughter, whether voluntary or involuntary in Iran, those charged under the umbrella term of “premeditated murder” will receive the death penalty regardless of intent and the circumstances.

Source: iranhr.net, Staff, January 9, 2021

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