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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

Iraq | Man who murdered Kurdish family in Baghdad sentenced to death

A man who killed a Kurdish family of 3 in Baghdad was sentenced to death on Tuesday, a lawyer told Rudaw.

In accordance with Article 406 of the Iraqi penal code, he received 3 death sentences by hanging, Diyar Bahjat, an attorney who attended the trial at Karkh Court told Rudaw on Tuesday. Bahjat said the suspect confessed to the charges in court.

Article 406 of the Iraqi penal code says anyone “who willfully kills another is punishable by death” in a number of circumstances, including if the murder “is in exchange for money.”

Dara Rauf and his wife Aliya Rashid, originally from the Kurdistan Region’s Sulaimani, were stabbed to death on September 14 last year and their daughter Sheelan Dara was smothered to death, in the Mansour neighborhood of west Baghdad.

2 days later, a branch of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) announced they had arrested Hussein Nasir, who was an acquaintance of Rauf and a guard at the Russian Embassy in Iraq.

The KRSC released a video purportedly showing Nasir confessing to the triple murder, shortly before they handed him over to Baghdad.

The victims’ bodies were returned to Sulaimani city to be buried at Saywan 1 Cemetery.

Nasir said in a video confession he had known the family for 4 years. He stated he visited Rauf asking for a loan, saying he was in debt. When Rauf said he did not have the money to lend, they started to fight.

“There was a knife near me, I grabbed it and stabbed him,” Nasir said. “He fell to the ground and as I was trying to get rid of the evidence, his wife came.”

Afterwards, Nasir stabbed the wife and then smothered the couple’s daughter with a pillow.

Source: rudaw.net, Staff, June 9, 2021


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