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IRAN: BRUTAL EXECUTION OF A YOUNG PRISONER WHO WAS 15 YEARS
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Year 17 - n. 30 - 12-08-2017

In this issue:

1. Top story: IRAN: BRUTAL EXECUTION OF A YOUNG PRISONER WHO WAS 15 YEARS OLD WHEN ARRESTED
2. Newsflash: SOMALIA: HIGHER COURT SENTENCES DEATH, LIFE IMPRISONMENT TO CLERIC'S KILLERS
3. Newsflash: ISRAEL: KNESSET TO DEBATE NEW DEATH PENALTY FOR TERRORISTS BILL
4. Newsflash: SOUTH CAROLINA (USA): TAKEN OFF DEATH ROW IN 2014, INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED KENNETH SIMMONS NOW GETS NEW TRIAL
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IRAN: BRUTAL EXECUTION OF A YOUNG PRISONER WHO WAS 15 YEARS OLD WHEN ARRESTED
August 10, 2017: In the early morning of August 10, the mullahs’ regime once again executed a teenager.

The regime hanged Alireza Tajiki, a young prisoner arrested at the age of 15 for murder and sodomy, after serving six years imprisonment in the Adelabad prison in Shiraz, southern Iran.
This crime took place despite repeated requests from human rights and international authorities.
Alireza Tajiki was transferred to solitary confinement six years ago after being arrested, and was tortured for forced confession despite being a teenager.
His case was full of ambiguous questions, and his family repeatedly requested a retrial; a request that was never answered.
According to regime officials, 5300 prisoners, most of whom are between the ages of 20 and 30, are sentenced to death.
(Sources: Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, 10/08/2017; NBCNews, 10/08/2017)
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SOMALIA: HIGHER COURT SENTENCES DEATH, LIFE IMPRISONMENT TO CLERIC'S KILLERS
August 6, 2017: The High Court of Somali military has turned down appeal by al-Shabaab assassins convicted of killing a known cleric in the southern town of Baidoa in last June, Garowe Online reports.
The Court upheld an earlier ruling which found guilty Mohamed Aden Ali "Borow", Samow Ali Aden and Hassan Abdullahi Ibrahim, for killing Sheikh Aden Madeer at a Mosque in Baidoa town during the holy month of Ramadan.
Col Liban Ali Yarow, the chairman of the High Military Tribunal has announced the verdict.
"Having heard from the appellant and the state prosecutor, I hereby agree with the first degree court that these three men were guilty of killing Sheikh Madeer in June," Military Higher Court Judge said in his ruling.
According to a statement released by the Court, Barow has been sentenced to death penalty, while the other two accomplices given life imprisonment sentences for involvement in the assassination.
The First Degree Court found the al-Shabaab members guilty in June, but the defendants appealed the ruling. The death penalty against the convicted Barow will be executed soon, said the judge.
Relatives of the slain cleric have welcome the Court's decision against the three militants, who shot dead Sheikh Madeer outside Warish mosque in Baidoa, after Tarawih prayers in last Ramadan.
(Sources: GAROWEONLINE, 06/08/2017)
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ISRAEL: KNESSET TO DEBATE NEW DEATH PENALTY FOR TERRORISTS BILL
August 2nd, 2017: A bill proposing an amendment to the Penal Law and the Anti-Terrorism Law, allowing the court to sentence to death terrorists who murdered innocent civilians will be added to the Knesset agenda soon by MK Nava Boker (Likud), Israel Hayom reported.
The bill proposes adding two new articles to the Penal Law, the first of which, 99 (a), states that “a person who committed acts of intentional killing in order to assist a terrorist organization or an enemy during hostilities carried out against Israel, following a call from a terrorist organization or an enemy state, whether the order to carry out the operation was given to him personally or he responded to a general and non-specific call to take violent action out of identification with a goal of the enemy or terrorist organization – will be sentenced to death or life imprisonment.”
In a similar fashion, the amended articles which so far imposed only life imprisonment for acts of treason and/or terrorism, will now carry the death penalty as the first option before a judge.
The explanatory notes accompanying the bill state that “there is a legislative, social and public need for deterrent punishment that will contribute to social safety and the principle of protecting the state against and citizens by eradicating terrorist attacks.”
The bill’s sponsor, Knesset Deputy Speaker MK Nava Boker, said that she had decided to submit the bill because “the murderers of the Fogel family from Itamar now live in a four-star hotel in an Israeli prison.”
The Itamar massacre of March 11, 2011 was a terror attack on the Israeli settlement of Itamar in Judea and Samaria, in which five members of the Fogel family were murdered in their beds.
“I have no doubt that the death penalty for terrorists, along with other means, constitutes real deterrence and helps to eradicate terror in Israel,” MK Boker stated, adding that “the time has come to put an end to our groveling before terror and our enemies. It is important that the family of a terrorist who sends its son to murder will know that he would receive the worst punishment of all and will not spend a few years in a four-star hotel in an Israeli prison and then be released in a swap deal and go back to murdering innocent civilians.”
Following the recent massacre of three members of the same family in Halamish, both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman expressed support for the execution of the terrorist Omar al-‘Abd from the nearby village of Qubar, who carried out the murders.
(Sources: jewishpress.com, 02/08/2017)
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SOUTH CAROLINA (USA): TAKEN OFF DEATH ROW IN 2014, INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED KENNETH SIMMONS NOW GETS NEW TRIAL
July 25, 2017: South Carolina prosecutors announced on July 25 that they would not appeal a trial court ruling, granting a new, non-capital trial to former death-row prisoner Simmons. Finding that prosecutors had presented false DNA testimony that "severely deprived" Simmons of his due process rights, a Dorchester County Circuit Judge overturned Simmons's conviction.
Simmons was sentenced to die on March 2, 1999 for raping and killing 87-year-old Lily Bell Boyd in Dorchester County on September 1, 1996. The conviction was based on false and misleading DNA testimony that purported to link him to the murder and a confession obtained under questionable circumstances. Simmons's death sentence was vacated in 2014 and replaced with a life sentence after the South Carolina Supreme Court determined that he has Intellectual Disability.
The same SSC on June 7, 2016, in what they called an “extraordinary action ... reserved for the rarest of cases,” allowed Simmons to revive the DNA challenge. The SSC opinion asks the lower court to issue an order explaining why it rejected the DNA argument in the first place. Such an order would allow Simmons to further challenge his conviction. Prosecutors had initially asked Judge Doyet A. Early III to alter his 2016 decision granting Simmons a new trial.
On June 23, he declined, reaffirming his finding that the prosecution's "misrepresentation of the strength of the DNA evidence to the jury" was "overwhelming," given that the confession had been extracted from "an intellectually disabled man, after multiple non-recorded interrogations, who had falsely confessed to other crimes before confessing to the murder." Judge Early wrote that the prosecution had presented the jury with "confusing, misleading, and inaccurate" information about the DNA evidence, including showing the jury a chart that contained fabricated DNA results, using the chart to make additional incorrect claims about the DNA evidence during closing arguments, and falsely arguing that Simmons was the only possible source of the DNA.
During state post-conviction proceedings, the state's forensic witness recanted her testimony about the DNA, and the court found that her trial testimony "had no evidentiary value in identifying" Simmons. Simmons's efforts to obtain a new trial drew support from The Innocence Network and advocacy groups for people with disabilities, which stressed the increased risk of false confessions and wrongful conviction in cases with intellectually disabled defendants.
(Source: DPIC, 25/07/2017)
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