domingo, 19 de octubre de 2008

Good News about death penalty! Iran

According to a statement by Hossein Zabhi, Assistant Attorney General for Judicial Affairs, a recently-issued directive instructs all judicial officials, when passing sentence, to apply the regulations of the Amnesty and Clemency Commission, which would allow the commutation of death sentences of juvenile offenders firstly to life imprisonment, and then in a second stage to 15 years.

In his interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency, Hossein Zabhi referred to all types of crime currently punishable by execution.

Iran was one of last remaining countries in the world that imposes the death penalty on juveniles aged under 18 at the time of the crime.

This news by Amnesty International.

The news by BBC News.

The Guardian October´s report reveals more countries abolishing death penalty
The world is moving closer to the final abolition of the death penalty, according to the latest figures published to coincide with World Day against the Death Penalty yesterday. At present, five countries are responsible for almost all the state executions carried out in the past year.