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As Trial in South Carolina Execution-Method Challenge Begins, Review of State’s Death Penalty Reveals System that is Biased, Arbitrary, and Error-Prone

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As the trial challenging South Carolina’s execution methods began on August 1, 2022, a review of the state’s death penalty by the Greenville News revealed a pattern of discrimination, geographic arbitrariness, and high error rates in the implementation of the punishment.  In a two-part examination, reporter Kathryn Casteel analyzed racial and county demographics on death row, reversal rates in capital cases, and the timing of death sentences to provide context for the state’s efforts to institute the electric chair and firing squad as its primary execution methods. RELATED |  Future of South Carolina death penalty now rests with judge Four of South Carolina’s 35 death-row prisoners are suing the state to block a law that would force them to choose between electrocution and firing squad as methods of execution. One of the men, Richard Moore, wrote in an April legal filing, “I believe this election is forcing me to choose between two unconstitutional methods of execution.” Executions ar

Iran | Four Baluchi Men Executed in Zabol, 2 Executed in Yazd, Baluchi Executed in Zahedan

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 23, 2022: Four Baluch men named Farhad Kouhkan, Davoud Amirzadeh, Hamid Jahangard and Habib Totazehi were executed in Zabol Prison this morning.

According to Hal Vash, four Baluch men were executed in Zahedan Prison on July 23. The identities of three of the men sentenced to death for drug-related charges have been reported as Farhad Kouhkan, 35-year-old Davoud Amirzadeh-Gorgij (pictured) and Hamid Jahangard (Shehbakhsh). They were separately arrested between 2018-2020 and sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court.

The identity of the fourth man has been reported as Habib Totazehi who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

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

At least 251 including 6 women and 67 Baluch minorities were executed in the first six months of 2022. This is double the number of executions in the same period in 2021 when 117 people were executed.

Mohammad Ali Ojaghi and Robab Danayi Executed in Yazd


Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 23, 2022: New information reveals that Mohammad Ali Ojaghi and Robab Danayi were executed along with Heydar Heybozadeh on July 21 in Yazd Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man and a woman were executed in Yazd Central Prison on July 21. Their identities have been established as Mohammad Ali Ojaghi who was sentenced to death for drug-related charges and Robab Danayi, a woman sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

Iran Human Rights previously reported the execution of Heydar Heybozadeh at the prison on that day and that he was transferred for execution with Mohammad Ali Ojaghi. His execution and that of Robab Danayi have now been confirmed.

Speaking to Iran Human Rights about Mohammad Ali Ojaghi’s case, an informed source said: “He was arrested for charges of drug possession five years ago and sentenced to death. He was transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution from Ward 14 a week before his execution. His execution wasn’t supposed to take place in Yazd Prison but they executed him.”

According to Hal Vash which reported his execution, Mohammad Ali Ojaghi was a lorry driver prior to arrest.

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

Baluch Shokat Shehbakhsh Executed for Drug Offences in Zahedan


Shokat Shehbakhsh, a Baluch man sentenced to death for drug-related charges, was executed in Zahedan Central Prison

According to Hal Vash, a Baluch man was executed in Zahedan Central Prison on July 23. His identity has been reported as 38-year-old Shokat Shehbakhsh. He was a father with small children when he was arrested with co-defendant Mousa Shehbakhsh in 2016 and sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court.

His co-defendant, Mousa Shehbakhsh was executed at the same prison on 18 October 2021.

At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, July 23, 2022





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