Sunday, October 19, 2008

Iran: points of time

The new judicial directive that bans the execution of child offenders is only for juvenile drugsoffenders.
Deputy State Public Prosecutor Hossein Zabhi said that the judges are still required under Iran's Islamic laws to issue death sentences for minors convicted of murder if the victim's family refuses financial compensation. The new directive was issued more than a year ago, but was announced Saturday.
Mohammad Mostafaei, a lawyer who defends juveniles who are sentenced to death welcomed the new directive but said it was not sufficient.
He said that human rights activists won't give up the fight until execution of under 18 people is abolished altogether in Iran.
The new directive changes nothing for the 120 children on deathrow in Iran.
No one under 18 has ever been executed for a drug-related crime.

According to the policecommander of Sistan-e-Baluchistan, the righthand of the leader of Jundullah (soldiers of god), Ahmad Fani and Nasser Shahbakhsh (brother of the bandit Dera Shahbakhsh) and two other rebels were killed during clashes with soldiers in the Pir Souran mountains.
According to the commander they were preparing for terrorist attacks. There was also a lot of weapons and ammunition confiscated.
In June Jundullah kidnapped 16 borderpolice and probably transferred them to Pakistan.

Fars newsagency reported that Saturday in the city of Qom 9 men were flogged in public.
They were sentenced to 74 lashes and$1000 fine for disruption of public order, especially for breaking glass in public buildings and buses.
The occasion on which these people were involved in "disruption of public order was not mentioned.

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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