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Iran | Death Penalty According to Shariah Law

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Chapter III of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran contains provisions related to the rights of the people.  In this Chapter, Article 22 states: “The dignity, life, property, rights, domicile, and occupations of people may not be violated, unless sanctioned by law.” However, the number of crimes punishable by death in Iran is among the highest in the world. Charges such as “adultery, incest, rape, sodomy, insulting the Prophet Mohammad and other great Prophets, possessing or selling illicit drugs, theft and alcohol consumption for the 4th time, premeditated murder, moharebeh (waging war against God), efsad-fil-arz (corruption on earth), baghy (armed rebellion), fraud and human trafficking” are capital offences.[1] Many of the charges punishable by death cannot be considered as “most serious crimes” and do not meet the ICCPR standards.[2] Murder, drug possession and trafficking, rape/sexual assault, moharebeh and efsad-fil-arz and baghy are the most common charges resulting

Indonesia | Lindsay Sandiford, now 64, has spent over 8 years on Bali's death row

Lindsay Sandiford
A Redcar grandmother on death row for drug smuggling continues to receive consular support

Lindsay Sandiford is now 64, having spent over 8 years on death row in Bali.

She was given the death sentence in January 2013 after being caught with 10lb of cocaine on a flight from Bangkok to Bali.

At the time, she said she was carrying the drugs to protect her son, who she said was being threatened.

The punishment for drug smuggling in Indonesia is often the death sentence and many are sent to the firing squad. [Indonesia has observed an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty since it last carried out executions in 2016. Read more -- DPN]

A date for the execution has not been set.

But in 2019, she revealed she had abandoned her legal battle to avoid it.

Well-wishers had raised more than £40,000 for a final appeal, with the money spent on Indonesian lawyers and legal assistants, it was reported.

But she reportedly said she didn't want to deal with another lawyer after being "burnt enough times", and she didn't want any more Foreign Office help.

However a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson told Teesside Live this week that they were in contact with the grandma, who is originally from Redcar.

“We are in contact with Ms Sandiford, and are providing consular assistance," he said.

“The Indonesian Government is well aware that the UK is firmly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances and in every country as a matter of principle.”

The former legal secretary is locked up in the infamous Kerobokan jail – known locally as Hotel K.

According to reports, Lindsay shares a cramped cell measuring 16ft by 16ft with four other women prisoners and spends her days knitting clothes and toys.

She keeps photos of her granddaughters next to her bed in her cell, and has expressed regret that she cannot be a full-time grandmother.

Source: gazettelive.co.uk, Staff, March 21, 2021


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