IRAN: Prudent Use of Death Penalty Necessary, according to Justice Minister

IRAN: Prudent Use of Death Penalty Necessary, according to Justice Minister

Published by on October 9, 2016

mostafa-pour-mohammadiPour-Mohammadi expressed in an interview with the state news agency IRNA on September 30, that he doesn’t believe that the death penalty can be ruled out, saying, “There are cases in which someone is a source of corruption and his existence will bring about nothing but corruption.”
Reacting to the rising numbers of executions in Iran, Pour-Mohammadi pointed out, “the type of punishment in any situation should be proportionate to its effect. Scholars, jurists, experts, psychologists and criminologists should join hands to determine what kind of punishment will be the most effective.”
Sadeq Larijani, the Chief Justice of the Iranian regime, has stated that it is not the Judiciary’s policy to eliminate executions for drug smugglers, “When did we have such an inclination? … This claim that executions were not useful is irrelevant. I urge all prosecutors across the country not to delay the implementation of the verdicts, and carry them out once they are issued. We are not allowed to delay carrying out the verdicts for three years and let the criminals begin praying in prison and then argue that since they pray we should cancel their executions. We cannot do away with executions in general because it undermines the judiciary’s deterrence.”
Executions are a means for establishing security in society, claimed the Chief Justice. He stressed, “One of the reasons for the effectiveness of these punishments is their prompt, expeditious and decisive implementation. It is against the interests of society and the Judiciary to prolong the prosecution process.” He criticized “giving opportunity during the prosecution” to those accused of drug smuggling and said, “The prosecutor offices must establish security on all levels and take this task seriously.”

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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