How Do You Feel Now?

Iran is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which calls for the abolition of death penalty.
The judiciary laws in Iran are, however, an amalgamation of international and Islamic Shari’a laws. One of these rules is the “Retribution” law and is used by the Iranian Criminal Justice system to circumvent the article. True, there are no death sentences issued in Iran. Instead, the judges take the retribution rout for punishing the convict by moving the law from the societal to the individuals, domain. This affords the victim’s family the right to seek retribution either by having the authorities kill the killer or demanding other kinds of compensation, as they deem fit.
The photos below show the public execution in Iran of a 32-year-old man who had raped and murdered eleven women. Invoking the Retribution Law, his victims’ families demanded his execution. And a death sentence by hanging was issued. His lawyers appealed the conviction and were denied, three times. He was executed on a sultry winter day in 2005, at a locale close to where he killed his last victim.
A few minutes before his execution, I asked him how he felt.
“I’m terrified of the thought that I’ll shortly meet all my eleven victims in the other world.” He said.

© Ardavan Roozbeh

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