More than 5,000 people on death row in Iran could be offered a reprieve following a softening of the country’s drug laws, which are among the harshest in the world.
The head of Iran’s judiciary has announced that capital punishment has been abolished for some drug-related offences, and that all cases on death row are now eligible for review.
The change will apply retrospectively, “meaning some 5,000 prisoners could escape execution,” says the BBC.
It follows a vote by Iran’s parliament last August to raise the threshold on the quantity of drugs that will be considered a capital offence. Of the hundreds of people executed by the state each year, the vast majority have been found guilty of drug offences.
“A young population and an abundance of cheap, addictive substances, many coming over the border from Afghanistan, pose a twin challenge to Iranian authorities,” says The Guardian, which claims almost three million Iranians are addicted to hard drugs, out of a population of 80 million.
سایت تابناک از انتشار نظرات حاوی توهین و افترا و نوشته شده با حروف لاتین (فینگیلیش) معذور است.