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Top story: SAUDI ARABIA EXECUTES 7, INCLUDING 5 FOR KILLING
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Year 18 - n. 26 - 21-07-2018

In this issue:

1. Top story: SAUDI ARABIA EXECUTES 7, INCLUDING 5 FOR KILLING PAKISTANI
2. Newsflash: THAILAND: SPANIARD DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD
3. Newsflash: OHIO (USA): ROBERT VAN HOOK EXECUTED
4. Newsflash: TEXAS (USA): CHRISTOPHER YOUNG EXECUTED
5. Newsflash: IRAN PUBLICLY FLOGS YOUNG MAN FOR DRINKING ALCOHOL
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SAUDI ARABIA EXECUTES 7, INCLUDING 5 FOR KILLING PAKISTANI
July 17, 2018: Saudi Arabia executed seven people convicted of criminal offenses, including five men for the robbery and murder of a Pakistani warehouse guard in the western city of Jiddah.

The Interior Ministry said the five men, two Saudis and three Chad nationals, stabbed and beat the guard and stole his mobile phone as part of a robbery of the warehouse.
It was not clear when they committed the crime and how they were executed, but Saudi Arabia usually carries out death sentences with beheadings by sword or firing squad.
In the northern city of Tabuk, a Lebanese man was executed after being convicted of drug smuggling and a Saudi man was put to death after being convicted of the murder of another Saudi, the ministry said.
The kingdom has executed 66 people so far in 2018. In 2017, 122 people were executed and 144 people were executed in 2016.
(Sources: Ap, 17/07/2018)
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THAILAND: SPANIARD DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD
July 13, 2018: The Appeals Court upheld the death sentence for a Spanish man, Artur Segarra Princep, who was convicted of killing a fellow Spaniard, mutilating his body and throwing the parts into the Chao Phraya in January 2016.
Princep, who has maintained his innocence, will appeal to the Supreme Court.
The Appeals Court judge cited strong evidence, including security camera footage, testimonies from witnesses, including accounts from a maid at the PG Condominium and his Thai girlfriend, and forensic results on DNA samples collected from incriminating items, such as his freezer, which had sufficiently convinced the judge about the 39-year-old's guilt over the death of the Spanish national David Bernat, 41.
Segarra was taken from Bang Kwang Central Prison, where he was detained for two years and five months, to the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court to hear the Appeals Court verdict.
(Sources: The Nation, 13/07/2018)
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OHIO (USA): ROBERT VAN HOOK EXECUTED
July 17, 2018: Robert Van Hook, 58, White, was executed. Van Hook was convicted of the February 18, 1985 murder of David Self, 25, after the 2 men in the bar. He was found six weeks later in Florida and confessed to the murder. In an interview with police shortly after his arrest, Van Hook admitted to the killing and said: "My objective was to lure a homosexual to whatever place I could with intentions to rob the person." Court records show Van Hook had been robbing gay men since he was 15. He was convicted and sentenced to death in August 1985. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Appeals Court set aside Van Hook’s death sentence in 2009 after attorneys argued mitigating evidence about Van Hook’s childhood and family life was not presented at trial. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision later in 2009 noting that Van Hook had a history of luring men in gay bars with the intention of robbing them. Van Hook becomes the 1st inmate to be put to death this year in Ohio, the 56th since Ohio r
esumed executions in 1999, the 14th inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1,479th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977.
(Source: The Marshall Project, 17/07/2018)
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TEXAS (USA): CHRISTOPHER YOUNG EXECUTED
July 17, 2018: Christopher Young Was Executed. Young, 34, Black, was sentenced to death on Feb. 7, 2006.
Young never denied the slaying, which was recorded on a store surveillance camera, but insisted he was drunk and didn't intend to kill 53-year-old Hasmukh "Hash" Patel during an attempted robbery after drinking nearly two dozen beers and then doing cocaine that Sunday morning, Nov. 21, 2004. Young becomes the 8th inmate to be put to death this year in Texas, the 553rd person executed in Texas since the state resumed capital punishment on December 7, 1982, the 13th inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1,478th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977, and the 1,303rd person executed by lethal injection.
(Source: The Marshall Project, 17/07/2018)
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IRAN PUBLICLY FLOGS YOUNG MAN FOR DRINKING ALCOHOL
July 10, 2018: A young man was publicly flogged in eastern city of Kashmar, in Razavi Khorasan Province, the state-run Young Journalist Club website reported.
The young old victim, identified by the state media as M.R was sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking alcohol beverages 10 years ago at the age of 15 or 16, in a wedding party where he got engaged in a fight leading to the death of a 17 year old man.
The city’s prosecutor stated that M.R did not collaborate in murder and the sentence of the main murderer had been carried out before. But he was involved in the fight and his sentence will be carried out.
“The judiciary would seriously and decisively deal with those drink beverages or involve in fights, particularly in wedding praties,” he added.
Torture and merciless punishment have been institutionalized in the regime’s punishment laws and is sanctioned by the Judiciary as well as the regime officials.
Hadi Sadeghi, Deputy Chancellor of the Judiciary was quoted by the state-run ISNA news agency on May 30, 2018, as saying, “There is no precepts of imprisonment in Islam, so we need to seek alternative punishments. Physical punishment is much more effective than imprisonment, and the punishment of flogging is much more effective in Islam. But, the human rights agencies do not have a good idea on this matter.”
Under the regime’s laws, at least 148 crimes are punishable by flogging and 20 others are punishable by amputation. Sentences which are considered torture by human rights defenders and the international law.
What Amnesty International has pointed out in its report of January 18, 2017 is: “As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Iran is legally obliged to forbid torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. However, Iranian law continues to allow internationally banned corporal punishments including amputation, stoning and flogging and claims to justify it in the name of protecting religious morals.”
(Source: Iran Human Rights Monitor, July 12, 2018)
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