JURIST Supported by the University of Pittsburgh

Today in legal history...

Monday, January 30, 2012

Iran chief judge limited public executions
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On January 30, 2008, Iran's chief judge issued a ban against all public executions not specially permitted by the head of the judiciary. Ayatollah Mahmound Hashemi Shahroudi also banned the publication of pictures and videos of executions and ordered state prosecutors to enforce the bans. Shahroudi was previously responsible for issuing a 2002 moratorium against stoning and declaring a ban on using torture to force confessions. The ban followed an April 2007 report from Amnesty International (AI), which named Iran as having one of the three highest execution rates in the world, along with China and Pakistan. By August 2008, Iran stopped the use of stoning as a method of execution.

Flag of Iran

Learn more about Iran, stoning and the death penalty from the JURIST news archive.

Link post | IM post | go to JURIST | © JURIST, 2012


 Human Rights Day
December 10, 2016

 Wyoming grants women sufferage
December 10, 2016

 click for more...


Add This Day at Law to your RSS reader or personalized portal:
  • Add to Google
  • Add to My Yahoo!
  • Subscribe with Bloglines
  • Add to My AOL


Subscribe to This Day at Law alerts via R|mail. Enter your e-mail address below. After subscribing and being returned to this page, please check your e-mail for a confirmation message.
MyBlogAlerts also e-mails alerts of new This Day at Law entries. It's free and fast, but ad-based.


This Day at Law welcomes reader comments, tips, URLs, updates and corrections. E-mail us at archives@jurist.org