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Daily newsletter on the death penalty worldwide
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In this issue: June 23th, 2015, year 14, n. 119
 
  • KUWAIT: PINAY CONVICT RETURNS HOME AFTER 10-YEAR DETENTION
  • IRAN: AT LEAST 5 PRISONERS HANGED IN GHEZEL HESAR PRISON
  • INDIA: MAN AWARDED CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR RAPING EIGHT-YEAR-OLD GIRL
  • IRAN: WRITER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR APOSTASY
 
 
KUWAIT: PINAY CONVICT RETURNS HOME AFTER 10-YEAR DETENTION
Marilou Ranario
Marilou Ranario

June 22, 2015: A Filipina who was saved from the death penalty in Kuwait is set to arrive in the Philippines in the afternoon after being detained there for 10 years, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
Marilou Ranario, who worked as a domestic helper in Kuwait, will arrive in Manila at 4:25 p.m., the DFA said. She was arrested and sentenced to death by a Kuwaiti Court in 2005 for killing her employer.
In a news release, the DFA said after learning of the Filipina's case, it “crafted a legal strategy to ensure the protection of her rights throughout the legal process.”
The death sentence on the Filipina was commuted to life imprisonment in 2007, and to 10 years imprisonment in 2009, the DFA said.
“We are very happy that she will go home and be reunited with her family. We wish she could start anew,” said Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa in the news release.
Villa said the embassy continues to regularly visit Filipino detainees at the Kuwait Central Prison and provide legal assistance to secure their pardon or commutation of sentence and eventual release from prison.
(Sources: gmanetwork.com, 22/06/2015)

 

IRAN: AT LEAST 5 PRISONERS HANGED IN GHEZEL HESAR PRISON

June 10, 2015: At least five prisoners were executed at Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj for drug-related crimes, reported the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).
A member of Reza Kargari’s family, one of the executed prisoners, told HRANA’s reporter, “I saw five families who came to collect the bodies, but it could be that more families might had come earlier.” He added that Kargari, who had two 9 and 15-year-old daughters, was executed for 700 grams of drugs.
Reza Kargari had been transferred to solitary confinement along with nine other prisoners, who were identified as follows: Hasan Noormohammadi, Gholamreza Soltani, Ali Afshari, Hossain Alemi, Reza Mansouri, Mohammad Jannati, Behrooz Karami, Hasan Noormohammadi, Reza Noormohammadi (20 years old), Parviz Naderi, Jasem Vaisi, Salar Mahmoodzadeh and Mostafa Koohi. (Sources: HRANA, 19/06/2015)

 

INDIA: MAN AWARDED CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR RAPING EIGHT-YEAR-OLD GIRL

June 18, 2015: A lower court in Ashta Tehsil near Sehore, Madhya Pradesh, awarded capital punishment to a man for raping a minor eight-year-old girl.
First Additional Sessions Judge, Alka Dube awarded capital punishment to him under Section 376 (E) (a person previously convicted of an offence punishable for rape and subsequently convicted of an offence punishable under any of the related sections shall be punished with imprisonment for life or with death), Section 366 and Section 363 (both relating to kidnapping) of Indian Penal Code.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 4,000 on the man identified as Ramesh Verma (30).
Verma had raped the minor girl on January 4, 2014 at village Nipania after abducting her.
Prior to this incident, Verma was convicted by a Shujalpur court in Shajapur district for five years for raping a five-year-old girl. He was released from the jail after completing his punishment.
(Sources: news18.com, 19/06/2015)

 

IRAN: WRITER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR APOSTASY

June 20, 2015: A 23-year-old former nuclear physics student, Hesameddin Farzizadeh, was sentenced to death for apostasy by the Criminal Court of Meshkinshahr in Ardebil province, reported the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC). He was arrested in a raid on his house in November 2014 by plainclothes Ministry of Intelligence (MOI) agents and held incommunicado at the MOI facility in the town for several days before being transferred to Meshkinshahr Prison.
The charge of apostasy stems from a book written by Farzizadeh, entitled “From Islam to Islam”, in which Farzizadeh examines the history of Shi’a Islam and raises questions about certain facets of Shi’a ideology. For instance, in his book Farzizadeh reportedly questions the existence of the Twelfth Imam, who, according to Shi’a theology, is a messianic figure who is to eventually reappear as a latter-day savior of humanity.
In addition to his death sentence, Farzizadeh was also sentenced to seven years of imprisonment and 74 lashes. These sentences rise from charges of insulting the Prophet Mohammad, the Shi’a Imams, and Ayatollah Khomeini.
Farzizadeh’s sentence does not only violate basic international human rights norms. The ruling from the Criminal Court of Meshkinshahr appears to violate Iran’s domestic criminal procedure laws, as well. Under Article 4 of the Law to Establish Public and Revolutionary Courts, only Provincial Criminal Courts have the jurisdiction to hear capital cases such as apostasy, whereas the Meshkinshahr Criminal Court is a county-level judicial body. (Sources: IHRDC, 20/06/2015)

 

 
 

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