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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 | Three Unnamed Men Executed for Rape in Undisclosed Location, 3 Executed for Drug Offences in Qom, 2 Hanged in Zahedan

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 23, 2022: Official sources have reported the execution of three men for rape in a prison in the Tehran/Alborz region.

According to Rokna, three men were executed in a prison in the Tehran/Alborz region on July 5. The report does not specify their names or the exact location of the executions.

The report states that they were sentenced to death for the rape of 14 women in Chalous Road around 17 years ago.

Iran Human Rights has not been able to independently verify the executions at the time of writing.

In cases of rape, there is a high chance of defendants being tortured to make false confessions, which is used to issue death sentences. Iran is one of the few countries in the world that issues the death penalty for rape. 

A lot of cases are also rushed without the defendants having access to a lawyer.

Bahador Norouzi, Ali Mohammad Ghorbani and Hamed Safayi Executed for Drug Offences


Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 23, 2022: Bahador Norouzi, Ali Mohammad Ghorbani and Hamed Safayi, three co-defendants sentenced to death for drug-related charges, were executed in Qom Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, three men were executed in Qom Central Prison on July 23. Their identities have been established as Bahador Norouzi, Ali Mohammad Ghorbani and Hamed Safayi.

They were arrested for drug-related offences in the same case around three years ago and sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court.

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.

Baluch Esmail Narouyi and Khaled Paraki Executed in Zahedan


Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 23, 2022: Following news of the execution of Shokat Shehbakhsh in Zahedan Central Prison this morning, new information reveals that Esmail Narouyi and Khaled Paraki were also executed.

According to Hal Vash, two Baluch men were executed in Zahedan Central Prison on July 23. Their identities have been reported as Esmail Narouyi who was sentenced to death for drug-related charges and Khaled Paraki, sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

Esmail Narouyi is reported to have been arrested on the road between Zahedan and Mashhad three years ago on charges of drug possession. Khaled Paraki had been behind bars for murder during a tribal war for six years.

Iran Human Rights reported the execution of Shokat Shehbakhsh at the prison, this bring the total number that day to three.

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

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





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