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 | Inmates executed in Arak, Noshahr

Iran Human Rights (IHR); March 5, 2021: IHR previously reported the execution of Ahmad Araji in Arak. New information reveals that another prisoner, Hamed Mostafaei, was also executed on drug-related charges in Arak Central Prison that day.

Iran Human Rights had previously reported the execution of Ahmad Araji, who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) on murder charges on February 26, at Arak Central Prison.

Newly obtained information revealed that at least one other prisoner, Hamed Mostafaei, was executed on drug-related charges at the prison that day.

“Hamed Mostafaei was from the village of Choghasaeedeh on the outskirts of Harsin city in Kermanshah province and was arrested on charges of carrying 5 kilograms of heroin near Arak. He had been married for just a week when he was arrested.”

At the time of writing, neither execution has been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

There has been a dramatic drop in drug-related executions since a new article was added to the Anti-Drugs Law around three years ago. The amendment, which was passed into law in 2017, specifically restricts the death penalty and provides a degree of reduction in some drug-related cases.

Prisoner Fatah Hosseini Executed in Noshahr Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR); March 4, 2021: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder has been executed in Noshahr Prison.

According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed in the early hours of March 2, in Arak Central Prison. The prisoner whose identity has been established as Fatah Hosseini, had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) on murder charges.

According to informed sources, Fatah Hosseini was sentenced to death for a murder he was accused of committing about 10 years ago.

At the time of writing, Fatah Hosseini’s execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

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 5, 2021

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