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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

Dozens of Oklahoma lawmakers call for independent investigation into Richard Glossip case

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Dozens of Oklahoma lawmakers on Wednesday issued calls for an independent investigation into the Richard Glossip case. Glossip has been on death row since the late 1990s after he was convicted of paying another man to kill his boss. His execution was put on hold several years ago when the state almost used the wrong drug. Glossip's attorney, Don Knight, spoke for more than half an hour Wednesday, discussing some of the evidence for why he says Glossip is innocent. State Rep. Kevin McDugle, who sent a letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Pardon and Parole Board that was signed by 34 legislators on both sides of the aisle, also joined Glossip's attorney. Knight and McDugle have requested a third-party investigation into the case. This is significant because McDugle is a longtime supporter of the death penalty in Oklahoma. McDugle said he thinks Glossip is innocent, however, after Glossip's case came across his desk and after learning about the facts and new evid

India | 10 Awarded Death For 2018 Murder Of Bihar Businessman

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A session court in Bihar on 14 June 2021 sentenced 10 persons to death for the murder of a local businessman for extortion in 2018. The court of additional district judge Manoj Kumar also fined each of the convicts Rs 2.60 lakh, additional public prosecutor Nagendra Prasad Singh said. On 6 December 2018, businessman Imran Khan was shot dead and his brother Akil Ahmad injured in a shooting in Shobha market area in Ara town. A BSNL employee also sustained injuries. Imran had allegedly refused to pay Rs 10 lakh in extortion allegedly demanded by the accused. Those sentenced to death are Khurshid Quraishi, his brother Abdullah Quraishi, Babli Miyan, Tausif Alam, Furchan Miyan, Ahmad Miyan, Anwar Quraishi, Guddu Miyan, Raju Khan and Shamsher Miyan. The judgment was delivered via videoconferencing. Source:  Hindustan Times, Staff, June 14, 2021 đźš© | Report an error, an omission, a typo; suggest a story or a new angle to an existing story; submit a piece, a comment; recommend a resource; c

Iraq | Senior Al-Qaeda Member Sentenced To Death

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An Iraqi criminal court handed down two death sentences to a senior al-Qaeda religious leader member, the Supreme Judicial Council announced on 14 June 2021. The unnamed person was the Sharia Mufti of al-Qaeda in Salahddin province, the Supreme Judicial Council stated.  He confessed to working as a religious mufti in the terror group and to being a founding member of al-Qaeda in Shirqat, 250 kilometres north of Baghdad.  He had several meetings with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaeda’s former leader in Iraq who was killed in a US airstrike in 2006. "The terrorist admitted to issuing fatwas for killing members of the army and police, in addition to his participation in several kidnappings and murders, and his targeting of Peshmerga forces," the judicial council stated. He also worked with the Islamic State group (ISIS) as head of the information department in southern Mosul, and he purchased weapons and distributed salaries to ISIS members. Source:  Rudaw, Staff, June 16, 2021

Somalia | 17 Al-Shabaab Members Sentenced To Death In Puntland

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14 June 2021 : The military Supreme Court in the semi-autonomous Somali regional state of Puntland on 13 June 2021 sentenced 17 men to death in Galkayo. The court also sentenced 18-year-old Abdirizak Ahmed Burale to life in prison, according to a court ruling. All of the men are suspected of belonging to the militant insurgency group Al-Shabaab. The men are accused of carrying out hundreds of killings as part of an active assassination cell operating in Puntland for 13 years.  The majority of the group's victims were in northern Galkayo. The victims included government officers and private civilians. The men had previously been sentenced to death by the Puntland Military Court, but they appealed and hired lawyers to defend them. The Puntland government says that the convictions will deal a heavy blow to Al-Shabaab's operations in the region. Source:  Hiiraan online, Arlaadi news, Staff, June 14, 2021 đźš© | Report an error, an omission, a typo; suggest a story or a new angle

Alabama "Nearing Completion" of Death Chamber for Nitrogen Hypoxia Executions

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As South Carolina and Arizona prepare to resume executions using gruesome methods of the past, Alabama prosecutors say the state is nearly ready to perform executions using a new, untested method, nitrogen hypoxia. In court filings on June 8, 2021, in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the Alabama Attorney General’s office said the Alabama Department of Corrections “is nearing completion of the initial physical build for the nitrogen hypoxia system and its safety measures.”  “Once the build is completed,” prosecutors wrote, “a safety expert will make a site visit to evaluate the system and look for any points of concern that need to be addressed.” The filings, which came in the case of a prisoner who is seeking to have a spiritual advisor present during his execution, did not indicate whether Alabama intended to carry out nitrogen-gas executions by flooding a specially constructed chamber with the gas or by administering a lethal dose of the gas through a breat

White House Reasserts Opposition to Death Penalty, Stresses Independence of Justice Department as DOJ Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Death Sentence in Boston Marathon Bombing

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"Simply not carrying out executions does not fulfill the campaign promise to end the federal death penalty." As the Department of Justice filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking reinstatement of the death sentence imposed on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the White House press office issued a statement stressing the independence of the Department over the cases it is pursuing and asserting that President Joe Biden has not backed away from his campaign promise to work to end the federal death penalty. On June 14, 2021, Department of Justice lawyers filed the government’s initial merits brief in the Supreme Court asking the court to reverse a 2020 federal appeals court decision that had overturned Tsarnaev’s death sentence. In a pleading that incorporated language nearly verbatim from briefs previously filed by the Trump Department of Justice, federal prosecutors wrote that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit had “improperly vacated the capital se

South Carolina court halts executions until the state's new firing squad option is finalized

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(CNN) -- The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday halted executions in the state until procedures for its newest method of execution -- firing squad -- are finalized. Attorneys for Brad Keith Sigmon, who had been scheduled to be executed on Friday, successfully petitioned the state's high court to stay the execution due to South Carolina having only one method available, the electric chair. A law passed in May sought to close a loophole that allowed for inmates on death row to indefinitely postpone their executions as long as drugs required for lethal injection were unavailable. South Carolina does not have the drugs needed to perform lethal injections. Under the new law signed last month by Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, inmates must now choose either electrocution or firing squad as their methods of execution. The director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections said in an affidavit that as of June 3, the only method of execution available in the state is electrocut

South Carolina | Emergency appeal filed to halt electrocution of 2 Greenville men

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Lawyers of Brad Sigmon and Freddie Owens, 2 Greenville men set to be executed under South Carolina's new law mandating electrocution as the default mode, filed an emergency motion in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday. ⇦ PHOTO : Allen Lee Davis (July 20, 1944 – July 8, 1999) was an American mass murderer who was executed for the May 11, 1982, murder of Nancy Weiler, who was three months pregnant, in Jacksonville, Florida. Davis was executed on July 8, 1999, via electrocution. His execution was considered botched, with witnesses reporting that Davis was still alive after the power to Old Sparky was switched off. Blood had also leaked from Davis's nose during the execution, although prison officials claim this was caused by a nose bleed. Because of the controversy surrounding his execution, Davis remains the last person executed by electric chair in Florida. All subsequent executions in Florida have been carried out by lethal injection, although inmates can still choose to

USA | Connecticut has closed Northern Correctional Institution in Somers

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Connecticut closed its Northern Correctional Institution in Somers on June 11, roughly 3 weeks ahead of schedule.  The closure will save the state approximately $11.75 million in annual operating costs, according to a news release. Gov. Ned Lamont announced in February that Northern would close July 1. Built in 1995, the maximum-security Northern Correctional Institution housed Connecticut’s death row until the state abolished capital punishment in 2012. Inmates sued the state in February, asking that no prisoners with psychiatric conditions be transported there as the loneliness of the “supermax” facility exacerbated their symptoms, according to CTmirror.com. At the time of Lamont’s February announcement, Northern was being staffed by 175.  There were no layoffs, the state said. The employees were all deployed to nearby facilities. Connecticut closed the Enfield Correctional Institution in 2018.  Robinson Correctional Institution and Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution remain ne

Indonesia | Indian national could face death penalty for drug trafficking

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An Indian national could face the death penalty or life imprisonment after he was arrested for allegedly trafficking nearly 1kg of ecstasy. The man was caught during a raid by the police on a premises in Batu Kawah on Monday (June 14) where a wild party was being held in a room. “The total value of drugs seized from the suspect was RM13,554, involving the seizure of ‘juice powder’ suspected to be ecstasy (766.68 grammes) and a number of ecstasy pills (53),” said Padawan deputy police chief DSP Lim Jaw Shyong. “He was thus detained under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and remanded for 7 days to complete the investigation.” Lim said if convicted, the foreigner, who is understood to be an employee at the premises, could be sentenced to death by hanging or face life imprisonment as well as at least 15 strokes of the rotan. 9 other individuals were caught during the raid by the Padawan Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department. Urine tests found 4 of them positive for drug ab