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Mon Oct 17 23:06:22 CDT 2011
Iran secretly executing hundreds of prisoners: UN
Iran's authoritarian regime has been secretly executing hundreds of prisoners,
according to a new UN report detailing growing rights abuses in the Islamic
The mysterious executions at Vakilabad prison in Mashhad in eastern Iran were
highlighted in a report compiled by Ahmed Shaheed, the new UN special
rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran.
Shaheed, who assumed responsibility for the mandate on August 1, billed this as
an interim report cataloging the most recent trends in the human rights
situation in Iran.
The report details a raft of abuses from freedom of expression to the denial of
women's rights to the torture of detainees, but perhaps the most shocking data
was on the skyrocketing rate of executions.
The report, obtained by AFP after first appearing on the Foreign Policy
website, said 200 officially announced executions had taken place in 2011 with
at least 83, including those of three political prisoners, in January alone.
"Furthermore, authorities reportedly conducted more than 300 secret executions
at Vakilabad prison in 2010," the report said.
"Vakilabad officials, in violation of Iranian law, allegedly carried out the
executions without the knowledge or presence of the inmates' lawyers or
families and without prior notification to those executed," it said.
"It has also been reported that at least 146 secret executions have taken place
to date in 2011."
Shaheed also noted that four percent of executions stipulated no charges, 100
juveniles on death row, and more than 100 executions this year alone for
Human Rights Watch counted 388 executions in Iran in 2010, while Amnesty
International put the figure at 252, ranking the Islamic republic second only
to China in the number of people put to death last year.
Tehran says the death penalty is essential to maintain law and order, and that
it is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings.
Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery are among the crimes
punishable by death in Iran.
(source: Agence France-Presse)
Newlywed murder pair sentenced
2 men who gunned down a British couple on their honeymoon could be about to be
sentenced to death.
Ben and Catherine Mullany, 31, were both shot on the holiday island of Antigua
a fortnight after they had tied the knot.
Kaniel Martin, 23, and Avie Howell, 20 were both found guilty of murdering the
newlyweds - as well as killing a local shopkeeper in almost identical
The pair - known by the aliases of Sample Dan and Demon - could face the death
penalty for their crimes - and were due to learn their fate last month.
Despite being brought back to the island's High Court on 2 occasions, a judge
heard that psychiatric reports had not yet been completed.
Mr and Mrs Mullany's family hope Martin and Howell's sentence will finally be
dealt with - bringing an end to the protracted legal proceedings which took 3
years for justice to be served.
University of West England physiotherapy student Mr Mullany and his wife, a
doctor working at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, died after being shot in the
head on July 27, 2008.
After gunning down the couple, Martin and Howell stole an inexpensive mobile
phone, a cheap digital camera and a small quantity of cash.
London Imperial College graduate Mrs Mullany died instantly, while Mr Mullany
was flown back to Swansea on a life support machine. However, despite the best
efforts of his wife's colleagues, he died a week after the shooting.
Their killers were finally be brought to justice on the third anniversary of
the couple's shooting.
(source: Belfast Telegraph)
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