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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

Egypt's 'most famous executioner' dies aged 75, after carrying out 1070 executions

Hussein Al-Fiqi reportedly held the world record for being the most prolific state executioner between 1990 and 2006, carrying out the death penalty a total of 1070 times.

Egypt's 'most famous executioner' died on Sunday aged 75, according to local media.

Hussein Al-Fiqi, known by his nickname 'Amshawi', manned the gallows for 41 years. 

Al-Fiqi worked as an assistant at the country’s execution office between 1980 and 1998, before taking the role of chief hangman in 1999.

Notably, he executed Izzat Hanafi, an infamous dealer of arms and narcotics, in 2006. He also worked as an adviser to domestic Egyptian soap operas, who relied on his expertise to reconstruct execution scenes.

Between the years 1990 and 2006, he reportedly held the title of the world's most prolific state executioner, carrying out the death penalty a total of 1070 times.

In his later years, he appeared on Egyptian TV shows to discuss details of his macabre profession, as well as opening up about how he felt as he executed people.

Hundreds attended the Al Fiqi's burial in his hometown of Minya Samanoud, in Egypt’s northern Dakahlia Governate, on Sunday.

Egypt, along with Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, performed 88 % of known executions throughout the world last year, according to a report published by Amnesty International last week.

At least 107 people were put to death in Egypt in 2020, 2nd only to Iran, which executed 246 people, according figures gathered by the London-based NGO.

Source: english.alaraby.co.uk, Staff, April 26, 2021


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