Iran – 1,700 drug crimes convicts have death and life sentences commuted/reduced

Iran reduces death penalty, life sentence against 1700 drug convicts

July 3, 2018

TEHRAN – Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi, the Tehran prosecutor general, announced on Tuesday that 1,700 sentences of narcotic-related cases have been commuted from capital punishment and life sentence to less severe forms of punishment.

The change in the law on narcotics-related punishments have revolutionized the country’s policies in fighting against narcotics, Jafari-Dolatabadi told a meeting on social harms caused by narcotics, IRNA reported.

He further said out of 3000 requests made to commute narcotics-related sentences, 1700 have been reviewed and 1300 remain to be reviewed very soon. – Teheran Times, 3/7/2018

Iran halts death penalty for minor drug crimes – kingpins, armed dealers, …

Iran halts death penalty for minor drug crimes

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say the country has begun implementing new guidelines that will prevent thousands of convicted drug smugglers from being executed.

The new regulations, approved by parliament in October, would limit the death penalty to drug kingpins, armed dealers and those convicted of smuggling more than 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of opium or 2 kilograms of heroin. Previous law prescribed the death penalty for smuggling 20 kilograms of opium or 30 grams of heroin.The pro-reform Shargh newspaper and other dailies reported Wednesday that Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani, the head of the judiciary, has ordered officials to “quickly” review cases and implement the new regulations.

Rights groups say Iran is among the world’s leading executioners. The country does not release official figures on executions. –Taiwan News – An Associated Press report, 10/1/2018