ICBPS– The Islamic Republic of Iran hanged a man, who was arrested for [alleged] consuming alcohol, on July 8, 2020.
The prisoner was executed in Mashhad Central Prison at dawn yesterday.
According to IHR, the prisoner was convicted of alleged drinking alcoholic beverages for the sixth time.
No state-run local media yet released news of the execution.
Since the Khomeinist regime took power in the 1979 Islamic Revolution, under Shari’a law, alcoholic consumption has been strictly forbidden in the country. Alcohol, however, is readily available on the black market, despite the severe penalties.
Under the law, it is forbidden for Iran’s Muslim [born] citizens to consume hard liquors.
Consuming alcohol for Muslims in Iran considers as a crime under Iranian law, which is punishable by lashes, fine, or death under certain conditions.
In a statement, Amnesty International calls on the United Nations and its member states to urgently intervene to save the lives of those people at risk of execution, and urge the Islamic Republic of Iran to stop using the death penalty to sow fear and silence political oppositions.
The Islamic Republic of Iran in the past has sentenced alleged American and Israeli spies to death.
In 2019, the Islamic Republic of Iran carried out 251 death sentences – based on the report by the Amnesty International – to become the world’s second-leading executioner after China.
In mid-July, U.S. President Donald Trump warned the Islamic Republic of Iran against executing the people allegedly involved in the 2019 Iran Protests.
Iranians have repeatedly swarmed to social media to voice their opposition to death penalties handing down to their compatriots. The virtual campaign – which generated thousands of posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Telegram – to express Iranians opposition to medieval punishment.
Capital punishment (death penalty) is a legal penalty in Iran, which charges punishable by death penalty [under Shari’a law] include murder, rape, child molestation, pedophilia, drug trafficking, armed robbery, kidnapping, terrorism, burglary, incestuous relations, fornication, prohibited sexual relations, sodomy, prostitution, plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran, political protest, sabotage, arson [with extensive destruction], rebellion, apostasy, adultery, blasphemy, extortion, counterfeiting, smuggling, speculating, disrupting production, recidivist consumption of alcohol, producing or preparing food, drink, cosmetics, or sanitary items that lead to death when consumed or used, producing and publishing pornography, using pornographic materials to solicit sex, recidivist theft, certain military offenses (assisting the enemy), “waging war against God” [Moharebeh], “spreading corruption on Earth” [Ifsad fil-arz], espionage, and treason.
Authorities in Iran amputate the hand [or fingers] of the convicted thieves as a medieval punishment.