Saturday, October 18, 2008

Iran: die

Iran announced that it ends the death penalty for minor offenders.
IRNA reported October 15th, that Assistant Attorney General for Judicial Affairs, Hossein Zabh announced on October 15, 2008 that death sentences for offenders under the age of 18 would be commuted to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
In addition, in cases of good behavior and signs of rehabilitation, juvenile offenders may qualify for conditional release under Islamic compassion guidelines.
Zebhi also said that the directive would apply to all offenders under the age of 18, regardless of their offenses.
In 2004 Iran also banned executions of persons under 18, but has not stopped judges from issuing death sentences against juvenile offenders or execute them.
Six juvenile offenders have been executed in Iran in 2008 alone.
Human Rights Watch said that until Iranian lawmakers pass legislation to ban all juvenile executions, judicial authorities should discipline officials who order or carry out executions of juvenile offenders in violation of the directive.
On the website of in Farsi and English.

In the Iranian Zanjan province three soldiers of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed by members of the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK). The clashes took place in the Chaldoran regio.
Iranian state-run television says Iran's air force has begun a military exercise north, near the border with Turkey.
American-made F-4s, F-5s and F-14s, Russian-made Sukhoi and Iranian-made Saeghehplanes, are involved in the drill.

The director of Iranian Drug Control Headquarters (IDHQ), announced that there are 1,2 million addicts in the country, and 5 percent of them are addicted to synthetic and psychedelic drugs.
He also said that about 50% of the budget is allocated for demand reduction activities, treatment, and prevention.
Iran is situated at a a major smuggling route to the West from neighboring Afghanistan, the world's largest producer of opium and its derivatives, morphine and heroin.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

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