OKLAHOMA CITY — The state of Oklahoma has set an execution date for a man convicted of murdering a 7-year-old girl in the 1980s.The Court of Criminal Appeals decided that Richard Rojem will be put to death after decades behind bars for the murder of Layla Dawn Cummings. Rojem has always claimed that he's innocent.In 1984, a farmer found Dawn's body in a Leggi Tutto
U.S.-based Persian Jews are fundraising to secure last-minute reprieve for young Jewish man scheduled for execution by hanging.The Iranian regime is gearing up to execute a young Jewish man convicted of murder on Monday, barring a last minute reprieve from the victim’s family.20-year-old Arvin
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 18, 2024: Parvin Mousavi, Ramin Lavandi, Mansour Naseri, Yousef Saeedi Chehreh,  Parviz Mirghasemi and a man only identified as Mr Jabali were executed for drug-related charges in Urmia Central Prison.According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights
Attorney General Kris Mayes said this week her office would begin pursuing executions in cases early next year, potentially bringing to an end a two-year pause on capital punishment in Arizona.Executions have been on hold since early 2023, when Mayes and Gov. Katie Hobbs, both Democrats, stopped
Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof has fled to Europe after being sentenced to eight years in prison, flogging, and confiscation of property by the Islamic Republic.Rasoulof's lawyer, Babak Paknia, previously said that the charges stemmed from the director's films and his
PUTRAJAYA, May 16 — The Federal Court here today upheld the death sentence of a Singaporean man for the murder of his eight-year-old Thai stepson in 2008.This followed the rejection of Shawal Senin’s application by the three-member panel of judges to commute his death sentence to life
At least eight prisoners were executed in Iranian prisons over the past two days, according to human rights groups.HRANA, a human rights website, reported the execution of Farokh Khan Mohammadi and Reza Gholam Hosseini in Ilam Central Prison. Mohammadi's case dates back 14 years, while
Over a written dissent by two justices, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a death penalty case asking them to weigh in on when jury selection begins and the defendant has a right to be present. The order in Sandoval v. Texas came as part of a list of orders from the justices’
Executions soared to their highest number in almost a decade in 2023 with a sharp rise across the Middle East, Amnesty International said today as it released its annual report on the global use of the death penalty.A total of 1,153 executions took place in 2023, which does not include the
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - A Baghdad court on Monday handed a death sentence for a drug dealer of foreign nationality accused of bringing narcotics into the country, state media reported. “The convict brought narcotic substances into Iraq for the purpose of trafficking them and selling
A Mississippi Coast man is headed to death row for his role in the beating and suffocation death of his 2-year-old stepson — all because the toddler soiled his diaper and took too long to get a juice box out of the refrigerator.A jury in Harrison County Circuit Court in Biloxi deliberated for
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 9, 2024: Hassan Choopani, Abdollah Hassanzadeh Yangajeh and Hassan Arabi Anabi were executed for drug-related charges in Urmia Central Prison.According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, three Kurdish men were executed in Urmia Central Prison on 9 May
At least seven people, including two women, were hanged in Iran on Saturday as the Islamic Republic has further intensified its use of capital punishment, a monitor said.The Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) said it has tallied at least 223 executions this year, with at least 50 so far in May
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 17, 2024: Jafar Aslani, a man on death row for drug offences, was executed in Qazvin Central Prison.According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Qazvin Central Prison (Choobindar) on 15 May. His identity has been established as
Editor's note: This is the last in a four-part series on letters that Iwao Hakamada wrote while on death row.About a decade after cursing God, Iwao Hakamada was baptized Catholic at the Tokyo Detention House on Dec. 24, 1984.“Since I have been given the Christian name Paul, I am keenly feeling
The execution of Khosrow Besharat at dawn today in Iran's Qezel Hesar Prison in Karaj marks a tragic and egregious act of injustice. Besharat, who endured more than 14 years of imprisonment and was subjected to brutal torture to extract a coerced “confession,” has become yet another
Luo Chongchuang, a man who raped and molested multiple girls for a long time, was executed after China's top court approved his death penalty.The execution was carried by the Hainan First Intermediate People's Court, where he was convicted of rape and child molestation and given the death
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has approved legislation allowing the death penalty in child rape convictions, a change the Republican-controlled Statehouse championed amid concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court has banned capital punishment in such cases.Lee, a Republican, quietly
KUCHING (May 14): Three men convicted of murder and another convicted of drug trafficking had their death sentences commuted to imprisonment by the Federal Court today.Murder convicts Asis Lako, 41, Daud Passarin, 40, and Daniel Usin, 34, had their death sentences commuted to imprisonment of 35
Since the beginning of 2024 until the end of April, the Ministry of Interior in Saudi Arabia announced the execution of 55 individuals. This figure constitutes a 189% increase compared to the executions in the first third of 2023, which witnessed 19 executions.The European Saudi Organization for
BALI, Indonesia (AFP): Two Ukrainians and a Russian national face the death penalty in Indonesia after police raided a suspected drug lab on the popular resort island of Bali, police said Monday.Authorities said four suspects, including an Indonesian national, were arrested earlier this month at
SINGAPORE - The Court of Appeal has overturned the conviction of a 63-year-old man who had been sentenced to death for heroin trafficking because the prosecution had run an inconsistent case during his trial regarding when the drugs were delivered to him.In a written judgment delivered by Chief
Medan. The Medan District Court on Wednesday found three defendants, including a woman dubbed the "drug queen" by local media, guilty of trafficking and sentenced them to death.Hanisah, also known as Nisa Binti Abdullah, her husband Al Riza, and co-defendant Maimun were convicted of trafficking
On Saturday, human rights groups reported the execution of ten individuals in Iran, highlighting the country’s troubling rate of capital punishment. Two women were executed for separate crimes, while eight men faced execution on drug-related charges.This incident underscores Iran’s
David Hosier, who is weeks away from execution, is in a hospital after suffering what a Missouri Department of Corrections spokeswoman described as a “medical emergency."ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri death row prisoner who is due to be executed next month has been hospitalized because of a “medical
A 20-year-old Jewish man is scheduled to be executed by Iranian authorities on Saturday, according to Iranian media reports.The young man has been sentenced to death following his involvement in a fatal altercation with a local non-Jewish Iranian.According to the reports, the man was arrested by
PUTRAJAYA: A former medical equipment supplier who murdered his sister-in-law more than two decades ago was freed by the Federal Court today after his death sentence was commuted to a 33-year prison term.A three-member bench chaired by Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, who sat with Justices
Every few years, from childhood until my late teens, my granddad would take me along with him to the small Texas town where he grew up—Normangee, population 522—to visit old relatives and even older graves. The drive took us up I-45, beyond the Houston sprawl, past pine forests, and eventually
May 13, 2024 – The death sentence issued against Mahmoud Mehrabi, a social media page administrator, should be immediately rescinded as his only so-called “crime” was posting content online, said the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).The case is yet another example of Islamic Republic
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 11, 2024: An Afghan national named Mohammad Afghan and Houshang Nourollahi Younjalu were executed for drug-related charges in Gorgan Central Prison. Mohammad Afghan’s mother was denied permission to visit her son for the last time.According to information obtained
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 13 – Saudi Arabia has acceded to Kenya’s request to postpone the execution of Stephen Munyakho that was set for Wednesday to allow for further negotiations between all parties.According to Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Korir Sing’Oei, Kenya will be engaging stakeholders
Thousands of years ago in ancient China, felonies were not simply punished with a stint in jail, but serious crimes often entailed the amputation of a limb, specifically legs.This harsh culture of punishment, known as yue, disciplined people for various crimes, such as desertion from duties
The Senate, yesterday, passed a bill which upgraded the maximum sentence of life imprisonment to death penalty for manufacturers of hard drugs.The legislation, titled: ‘National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act (Amendment Bill) 2024’ passed a third reading at the Senate, yesterday. The
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 9, 2024: Abdollah Ozbekzehi, Khalilollah Barahouyi and Fariba Mohammadzehi were executed for drug-related charges in Kerman Central Prison.According to HRANA news agency, two men and a woman were executed in Kerman Central Prison on 8 May. Their identities