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IRAN: JUSTICE MINISTER CALLS FOR REVISION OF DEATH PENALTY LAW

October 30, 2016: Iran's justice minister has said the country should execute fewer people and revise its death penalty laws, local media reported.
"These last years, the quantity of executions has not been effective. As a result, there must be a revision of the death penalty law," said Mostafa Pourmohammadi, according to the Tasnim news agency.
"The judiciary as a whole shares this opinion," he said.
Pourmohammadi called for "alternative penalties", but said it was not possible to abolish capital punishment entirely because "there are corrupt people in the country for whom there is no alternative but execution."
The United Nations says the Islamic republic executed close to 1,000 people last year. Iran does not provide figures.
Convictions for murder, rape, armed robbery and adultery can all carry the death penalty, but the vast majority of executions are linked to drug trafficking.
A bill to revise the use of capital punishment has been put before parliament -- one of the first since elections this year reduced the number of conservative MPs -- but it has yet to be discussed.
The deputy head of the judiciary, Mohammad Bagher Olfat, said in August that the death penalty had not had a "dissuasive effect" on drug trafficking through Iran, which is one of the main routes for Afghan heroin heading for Europe.
"Sadly, the volume of trafficking, its diversity and the number of people involved have all increased," he told Tasnim.
The head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, said last month that drug laws were not "written in stone", but denied that the death penalty was ineffective.
Earlier this year, an award-winning activist, Narges Mohammadi, was imprisoned for 10 years for forming an "illegal group" that pressed for an end to the death penalty. (Sources: middle-east-online.com, 30/10/2016)

ALABAMA(USA): MARCUS BENN SPARED DEATH SENTENCE
PAKISTAN: SC COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCES OF TWO MURDERERS TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT
SRI LANKA: FIVE SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER A MURDER CASE
SAUDI ARABIA: MURDERER RELEASED AFTER 15 YEARS ON DEATH ROW
PAKISTAN: SC STAYS HANGING OF MENTALLY ILL CONVICT IMDAD ALI
KAZAKHSTAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN ISLAMIC EXTREMIST ATTACK
FLORIDA: SUPREME COURT HALTS DEATH PENALTY CASE
SUDAN: PRESIDENTIAL 'GOODWILL AMNESTY' FOR CONVICTED SPLM-N REBELS
MALAYSIA: INDIAN BEAUTICIAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR TRAFFICKING DRUGS
USA: DEATH PENALTY ADVERSELY AFFECTS FAMILIES OF VICTIMS AND DEFENDANTS
BANGLADESH: FIVE GET DEATH SENTENCE OVER HABIGANJ FARMER MURDER
NIGERIA: 25-YEAR-OLD MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING
PAKISTAN: FATHER IS SENTENCED TO DEATH AFTER MURDERING HIS DAUGHTER BECAUSE SHE COULDN'T BAKE 'PERFECT BREAD'
IRAN: FIVE PRISONERS EXECUTED ON DRUG CHARGES
BANGLADESH: TWO AHSANULLAH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS GET DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDERING CLASSMATE
KENYA: PRESIDENT KENYATTA SPARES 2,747 DEATH ROW CONVICTS FROM HANGMAN’S NOOSE
IRAN: THREE PEOPLE HANGED IN SHIRAZ
USA: U.S. EXECUTIONS NEAR A 25-YEAR LOW
IRAN: 4 EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING, MURDER
PAKISTAN: SUPREME COURT SAYS SCHIZOPHRENIA NOT A MENTAL DISORDER, DISMISSES MERCY PLEA OF DEATH ROW CONVICT
CHINA: LAW EXPERTS OPPOSE SENTENCE OF IMMEDIATE EXECUTION
MALAYSIA: FILIPINA SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
GHANA: FARMER SENTENCED TO DEATH
GAZA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
EGYPT: CASSATION COURT OVERTURNS DEATH SENTENCES FOR 15 IN 2013 DEADLY ASSAULT ON KERDASA POLICE STATION
VIRGINIA (USA): SUPPORTED BY NEW DNA EVIDENCE, MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN 1970 FILES INNOCENCE CLAIM
GEORGIA (USA): GREGORY PAUL LAWLER EXECUTED
IRAN: PRISONER EXECUTED ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES
IRAN: 14 PRISONERS EXECUTED ON DRUG CHARGES AT GHEZEL HESAR PRISON
GAZA: THREE MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR SPYING, MURDER

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