Japan | Hakamada case underscores folly of maintaining death penalty

The Tokyo High Court’s decision on March 13 to grant a retrial for an 87-year-old man who spent decades on death row strongly shows that he was wrongly convicted. The retrial should be held immediately to provide a legal remedy for Iwao Hakamada. In granting the retrial in the high-profile case, the high court said reasonable doubt has arisen on the guilt of Hakamada. He was arrested on suspicion of murder in August 1966, two months after an executive of a miso-producing company and three of his family members were killed in what is now Shizuoka. Hakamada, who had worked at the miso company, spent most of his adult life in detention. His latest request for a retrial was filed 15 years ago.

Iran | Execution of 21 Prisoners in 9 Days, at Least 70 Executions in January

On Wednesday, February 1, the regime executed Mehdi Rasi in Gohardasht prison, on Tuesday, January 31, executed Ali Allahverdi and Farhang Zakai in Adel Abad prison of Shiraz, and Hassan Javanrudian in Karaj prison and another in Tabriz prison.

On Monday, January 30, 4 Baluch prisoners named Rasul Safarzaei, Abidullah Safarzaei, Habib Sarani and Behzadi were hanged in Kerman prison and a prisoner named Ismail Kachlanlu in Mako prison.

On Thursday, January 26, 2 brothers named Reza and Omid Shokri along with another prisoner were hanged in Karaj Central Prison. 

On Wednesday, January 25, a prisoner named Reza Agha Leh, 56, who was in prison since 8 years ago, was hanged in Qazvin Central Prison and Hamed Heydari in Khalkhal Prison and Mansour Yusef Zehi in Bandar Abbas Prison. 

On Tuesday, January 24, a prisoner named Omid Azni and two others were hanged in Arak Central Prison.

In the week beginning on January 20, 2 prisoners named Ahmad Zali Tabar and Omid Ali Kuhi were hanged in Karaj Central Prison.

Thus, since January 20 to date, at least 21 prisoners have been hanged and a total of at least 70 prisoners have been hanged in January.

The Iranian resistance once again calls for effective measures by the international community to save the lives of the prisoners sentenced to death and refer the dossier of the regime’s crimes to the United Nations Security Council and bring to justice the leaders of the regime, especially its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Ebrahim Raisi and Judicial chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’i, and the IRGC Commanders for four decades of crimes against humanity and genocide in an international tribunal.

Source: Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Staff, February 3, 2023







"One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed,
but by the punishments that the good have inflicted."

— Oscar Wilde

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