And these people want to have nuclear weapons?
The story comes from The Telegraph.
Iran to hang drug dealer twice
An Iranian man who survived one hanging will go to the gallows again
The Iranian authorities have ordered that a prisoner who survived execution by hanging be hanged again.
The 37-year-old, identified as “Alireza M”, was hanged in Bojnourd prison in north-east Iran last week after being convicted of drug offences.
According to official state media, a doctor declared the man dead after the 12 minute-hanging, but when the prisoner’s family went to collect his body the following day he was found to still be breathing.
He is currently in hospital, but a judge reportedly said he would be executed again “once medical staff confirm his health condition is good enough”.
Alireza M is now reported to be in a “satisfactory” condition in hospital, and a family member has reportedly said that the prisoner’s two daughters were “the happiest of all” that he is alive.
Amnesty International has called for his second execution to be stopped.
“This is simply ghastly. It betrays a basic lack of humanity that sadly underpins much of Iran’s justice system,” said Philip Luther, the organisation’s director for Middle East and North Africa.
“The horrific prospect of this man facing a second hanging, after having gone through the whole ordeal already once, merely underlines the cruelty and inhumanity of the death penalty.
“The Iranian authorities must immediately halt Alireza M’s execution and issue a moratorium on all others.
Already this year, Iran is believed to have executed at least 508 people, including 221 executions that have not been officially confirmed. The majority of those executed were convicted of drug offences.
Mohammad Javad Larijani, the secretary general of the Iranian judiciary’s high council for human rights, expressed doubts in 2011 that the death penalty reduces crimes related to drug trafficking.