USA | The Dreadful Failure of Lethal Injection

Editor’s Note: This column is the product of a research collaboration with five Amherst College students, Mattea Denny, Nicolas Graber-Mitchell, Greene Ko, Rose Mroczka, and Lauren Pelosi. America’s death penalty continues to fall out of favor, a well-known fact. When the year started, eight executions were scheduled for February and March in five different states. But all of them are now on hold, and two of the three executions that were set for April already have been halted. While advocacy for the end of the death penalty has played some role, it is the decomposition of the lethal injection paradigm that has truly driven down execution numbers. We have now seen a decade of chaos and experimentation as death penalty jurisdictions tried to find reliable sources of drugs to carry out executions. States rolled out new drugs, but things did not go smoothly. The number of mishaps associated with lethal injection increased substantially. From 2010-2020, an already problematic method of ex

Iran | Inmate executed in Shiraz

Iran Human Rights (IHR); February 27, 2021: Of three prisoners transferred to the gallows in Adel Abad Prison, one has been executed and two returned to their cells after obtaining last minute extensions in their case. 

They were all sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed at Adelabad Prison in Shiraz on February 23. 

The prisoner, identified as Shiraz native Jafar Mansour-Beigi, was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

An informed told IHR: “Jafar had been behind bars for four years and in that time had not been able to obtain his victim’s family’s consent, he was executed on Tuesday morning at Adelabad Prison in Shiraz.”

Jafar Mansour-Beigi was transferred to the gallows with two other prisoners identified as Ali Sayati and Habib Sayati, who are related and sentenced to qisas as part of the same case. 

They were returned to their cells after obtaining a 60-day extension from their victim’s family.

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, February 27, 2021

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