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Former Texas death-row prisoner Clinton Young has been released from custody nearly twenty years after being sentenced to death for a double murder he has consistently said he did not commit. Young walked out of the Midland County Detention Center January 21, 2022, after the foundation posted bond to secure his freedom while prosecutors from neighboring Dawson County decide whether to retry Young on the charges.  The foundation crowdfunded contributions to cover 15% of the $150,000 cash bail to gain Young’s release. RELATED |  Texas | Former death row inmate Clinton Young released on bond The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (TCCA) granted Young a new trial in September 2021 following revelations that his prosecutor from the Midland County District Attorney’s office had also secretly served as a paid clerk to county judges who presided over Young’s trial and post-conviction appeals. In a video posted on the foundation’s Facebook page, Young removed his left sneaker and sock and stepped

Iran | Man Executed for Rape in Yasuj, Four Men Executed in Urmia, Two Hanged in Zahedan, Man Executed in Shiraz

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 2, 2022: An unnamed man on death row for rape, was executed in Yasuj Central Prison just a year after his arrest.

According to state-run ISNA, a man was executed in Yasuj Central Prison on the morning of 30 December 2021. 

The man who has not been named was sentenced to death for rape.

Seyed Ali Malek-Hosseini, the Yasuj Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor, said: “Last year, a complaint was lodged at the provincial Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office about the rape of a woman. After identifying the suspect and carrying out the legal and judicial proceedings, the verdict was issued in the quickest time possible and the defendant was sentenced to death.

Iran is one of the few remaining countries to issue the death penalty for rape. 

In cases involving rape, the likelihood of defendants being tortured to force a confession and issuing the death sentence based on the false confession, is very high. 

At least 12 people were executed on rape charges in 2020, 16 in 2019 and 23 in 2018.

Four Men Executed for Murder in Urmia Central Prison


Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 2, 2022: Moghaddam Alizadeh, Hamdollah Ghanbari, Feiz Allahmoradi and Hossein Abbaszadeh, who were all sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, have been executed in Urmia Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, four men were executed in Urmia Central Prison on 31 December 2021. 

Sentenced to qisas for murder, their identities have been established as Moghaddam Alizadeh, Hamdollah Ghanbari, Feiz Allahmoradi and Hossein Abbaszadeh.

The four men were transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions from Wards 1 and 2 of the prison as part of a group of five on December 29. The fifth man was returned to his cell after obtaining a last minute extension from his victim’s family.

At the time of writing, none of their executions have been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 211 of the 267 people executed in 2020 were sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for "premeditated murder."

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.

Two Men Hanged for Murder in Zahedan


Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 3, 2022: Mohammadali Alizadeh (Ghaljayi) and Jalil Eshterak, two Baluch men sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, were executed in Zahedan and Zabol Prisons respectively.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a Baluch man was executed in Zabol Prison on January 1. 

His identity has been established as Jalil Eshterak, who was sentenced to qisas for murder.

Jalil Eshterak was arrested on charges of murdering someone he knew in 2019 and sentenced to qisas.

Another Baluch man, 72-year-old Mohammadali Alizadeh (Ghaljayi), was executed in silence in Zahedan Central Prison on 4 November 2021. 

He had also been sentenced to qisas for murder.

Mohammadali Alizadeh was involved in a mass fight in 2017 which had ended with someone being killed. He was subsequently arrested and sentenced to death but had maintained his innocence.

At the time of writing, neither of their executions have been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 211 of the 267 people executed in 2020 were sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for "premeditated murder."

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.

Man Executed for Murder in Shiraz


Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 2, 2022: Amin Ali-Panahi who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been executed in Shiraz Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Shiraz Central Prison on 29 December 2021. His identity has been established as Amin Ali-Panahi who had been sentenced to qisas for murder.

An informed source told Iran Human Rights: “Amin Ali-Panahi was arrested on charges of murder four years ago. He was accused of killing his wife’s cousin over honour issues nine months after getting married. He was unsuccessful in obtaining forgiveness from the victim’s family.”

At the time of writing, neither of their executions have been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 211 of the 267 people executed in 2020 were sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for "premeditated murder."

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: Iran Human Rights, Staff, January 2-3, 2022


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