Iranian Man Alive after first hanging and 2nd hanging, twice hanging death penalty
Death penalty opponents pleaded Iran on Thursday to spare a convicted drug felons that survives a hanging and was taken from the morgue in the hospital to recover, so he could be rehanged. It seemed like the first time that the judicial authorities in Iran, the world’s leading users of the death penalty, ordered twice a hanging can be performed.
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Amnesty International said in a statement that it is unconscionable that the convicted person in the Iranian news media as Alireza M., 37, identified should be subjected to such punishment, and said that the judicial authorities should grant a stay of execution – not only for him but for all prisoners on death row.
“The terrible hang before a second view of this man, after having gone through the whole ordeal ever, only highlights the cruelty and inhumanity of the death penalty,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.
According to Iranian news accounts, the man spent 12 minutes in a sling hanging from a crane in the northeastern city Bojnurd last week suspended in a prison, and a doctor declared him dead. But the next day the staff at the prison morgue he discovered was still breathing, as the family was on his way to collect his body. The news accounts said the presiding judge ordered him to the hospital for neck “when the medical staff to confirm his health is good enough.”
Hadi Ghaemi, the managing director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, a New York-based advocacy group that the order “seems to be hanging a precedent to the best of our knowledge in cases.”
A joint report last week by Mr. Ghaemi group and the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center said that the rate of suspended executions in Iran has accelerated in recent weeks, as Hassan Rohani, Iran’s president, has sought a softer and more provide gentle image of Iran abroad. At least 125 people were hanged because Mr. Rouhani took office in August, Mr. Ghaemi asserted, many of them for drug offenses.
Iran carries out more executions than any other country except China. So far in 2013, the authorities are probably a total of 508 people were executed, Amnesty International said.
However, Iran is hardly alone in carrying out executions, which were initially botched.