Re: Iran Rings in the New Year

Iran is doing right by its laws and people. I am glad to see them
impose harsh penalties on criminals.

As for executions, George W. Bush has executed many criminals as
governor of Texas. No reprieve. Certain crimes beg for the death
penalty. Bush basically had a butcher house as Texas pride itself on
using death penalty excessively.

In contrast Bush has murdered about one million Iraqis to steal their
oil and markets and get an advantage on their strategic position.
Read my article on Bush, the Butcher of Baghdad.

Although Iran looks like it is governing by Islam, its government is
secular. Islam is merely the Constitution of the Country.

On Jan 2, 11:18 am, Basil H <> wrote:
Iran now has no murderers, no drug smugglers and no homosexuals.

Happy new year !!!

Iran Starts the Year with 13 Executions

Iran Hanged 13 convicted criminals on Wednesday, including the mother
of two young children who had been found guilty of murdering her
husband after discovering he was having an affair, reports said.
Raheleh Zamani was hanged alongside seven men convicted of murder at
Tehran's Evin prison, the Iranian Student Correspondents' Association
(ISCA) reported.

Three drug traffickers were also hanged on Wednesday in a square in
the central city of Qom and two others in the eastern city of Zahedan,
state media reported.

The executions, the first reported in 2008, were the latest in a
growing number of capital punishment in Iran as the authorities impose
a drive they say is aimed at improving security in society.

ISCA said Raheleh had killed her husband Mohammad in 2005 by beating
his head with an iron bar after discovering he was having an affair
with another woman. She then chopped up the body and hid the pieces in
several containers.

ISCA is one of several student news agencies in Iran and is run by
Azad University.

The reformist Etemad newspaper reported on December 17 that Raheleh
was the mother of a five-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy and
had begged for forgiveness from the victim's family.

"My husband was having an affair with another woman and I was under
the influence of the pills I took," ISCA quoted Raheleh as saying
during her trial.

Raheleh had been due to be hanged on December 19, but was given a last-
minute stay of execution to allow her more time to reach a settlement
with her in-laws, reports at the time said.

Under Iranian law, a victim's family can ask right up to the moment
before an execution that a murderer's life is spared and blood money
be paid instead.

The seven men who were hanged with Raheleh included a man named Ali
Reza who had been convicted of killing three women in a case that had
been widely publicized by the local press.

The three men hanged in the clerical city of Qom were convicted of
smuggling amounts of up to 590 grams of heroin (1.3 pounds), according
to the official IRNA news agency.

"By implementing God's law, we are increasing security in society and
we are sending a message that Qom is not a safe haven for those who
break the law," said local judiciary official Hoda Torshizi.
State media said the two convicts hanged in Zahedan had been found
guilty of transporting 5.25 kilograms(11.5 pounds) of heroin.

Iranian law sets tough penalties for drug trafficking, with anyone
found guilty of smuggling more than 30 grams (0.06 pounds) of heroin
or five kilograms (11 pounds) of opium liable to the death penalty.

Last year, Iran carried out at least 297 executions, according to an
AFP count compiled from press reports.

The total was a sharp increase on 2006, when 177 executions were
carried out, according to Amnesty International.

Iran currently makes more use of the death penalty than any other
country apart from China. Capital offences in Iran include murder,
rape, armed robbery, serious drug trafficking and adultery.

Human rights groups have accused Iran of excessive resort to the death
penalty, but the authorities say capital punishment is an effective
deterrent that is only used after an exhaustive judicial process.


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