Iran

Iran is second only to China in the number of executions it carries out – regularly killing hundreds every year (many in public)] Currently the death penalty can be given for murder; armed robbery; drug trafficking; kidnapping; rape; paedophilia; homosexuality; espionage; terrorism; apostasy (no recorded executions)

Iran: 16 executions in 3 days

The inhuman mullahs’ regime in Iran hanged 16 prisoners in various cities on August 26, 27 and 29.
On August 26, in addition to the criminal execution of political prisoner Mr. Behrouz Alkhani in Urumia Prison, twelve other prisoners were collectively hanged in prisons in Kermanshah and Urumia. The Iranian regime has so far refrained from publishing information on those executed.
On August 27, Jamal Ja’afari, from the city of Sanadaj, was hanged after suffering four years imprisonment in this city. Similarly, on August 29, two prisoners were hanged in prisons in Bandar Abbas and Khorramabad. Abdollah Zarei, 25, who was hanged in Bandar Abbas was from Minab County, Hormozgan Province. A 23-year-old prisoner was also transferred to solitary confinement along with Zarei in preparation for execution, but there is no news about his fate.
These executions that demonstrate the regime’s fear of growing social protests are merely a minute section of the nationwide suppression of the Iranian people that is being implemented in an escalating manner during Rouhani’s tenure, the so-called “moderate” president of the Iranian regime. The number of these executions has now surpassed 2000 during Rouhani’s presidency.
The silence and inaction of the international community in the face of the collective executions by the mullahs, concurrent with visits by senior European officials to Iran to pave the way for trade contracts with the mullahs’ inhuman and anti-Iranian regime is tantamount to encouraging this regime to continue with its crimes and collaboration with this regime.

 

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Iran regime continues spate of executions

NCRI – Iran’s fundamentalist regime on Thursday hanged a man in the central prison of Sanandaj, western Iran.
The man, identified as Jamal Jaafari, had been imprisoned for four years. He was accused of murder.
Six prisoners, including political prisoner Behrouz Alkhani, were hanged in Orumieh Prison, western Iran on Wednesday.
On Monday, the mullahs’ regime hanged a 25-year-old prisoner identified as Hossein Karimi in Bandar Abbas Prison, southern Iran. He was accused of a drugs related charge.
The regime’s prosecutor in Mazandaran Province, northern Iran, on Monday said a prisoner, only identified by the initials R.F., was hanged in Sari Prison on Sunday.
A statement by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on August 5 said: “Iran has reportedly executed more than 600 individuals so far this year. Last year, at least 753 people were executed in the country.”
Source: NCRI, August 27, 2015

 

Iran executes political prisoner in spite of international pleas

Behrouz Alkhani, a 30 year old political prisoner in Iran, was executed on Tuesday despite international calls for a stay in execution and retrial, following an allegedly unfair trail. The execution came even as Alkhani awaited a Supreme Court appeal.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran has reported that a Kurdish political prisoner was executed by the Iranian government. The NCRI is one of the most prominent and vocal Iranian opposition groups and has repeatedly denounced capital punishment.

Alkhani, who is of Kurdish descent, was first arrested in January of 2010 in Northwestern Iran and held for more than a year without access to either his family or a lawyer. He was convicted by a Revolutionary Court of charges for collaborating with the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan and “enmity against God.” Allegedly, Alkhani participated in the assassination of a local Iranian Prosecutor.

NCRI has also reported that more than 80 protesters gathered outside of central prison of Orumieh, in western Iran, where the execution was scheduled to take place. NCRI claims that the protesters, who were demanding a halt to the execution, were attacked by prison guards and anti-riot police. Many of those gathered were family members of Alkhani and included women and children

Aklhani’s immediate family members were granted a last visit and informed of the impending execution.

Amnesty International also called for a halt to the execution, noting that Alkhani was still awaiting the outcome of his Supreme Court appeal. The organization also argued that Alkhani was given a “grossly unfair” trial, and that he was tortured and poorly treated while in custody.

In a released statement, Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International said, “the Iranian authorities must urgently halt Behrouz Alkhani’s execution. Carrying out a death sentence while a prisoner is awaiting the outcome of his appeal is a serious violation of both Iranian and international law, and is an affront to justice.”

Iran trails only China in terms of the number of people executed per year.

At Least 3 Prisoners Executed in Northern Iran

2 prisoners charged with murder were hanged to death in Rasht’s Lakan Prison, one prisoner was hanged in Ardebil Central Prison on a drug related charge.
2 prisoners charged with murder (identified as M.M., 37 years old, and A.M., 33 years old) were hanged to death in Rasht’s Lakan Prison on the morning of Saturday August 23, reports the Justice Department in the province of Gilan.
An informed source, who has requested to be anonymous, says there were a total of 3 prisoners who were hanged to death in Lakan Prison on Saturday. “One of the prisoners’ name is Asghar Mohammadi,” says the source.
In Ardabil Central Prison one prisoner (identified as Hamed Madeh Moghadar) was hanged to death on Saturday for possessing more than 580 grams of crystal meth, according to the Press Department of Ardebil’s Judiciary.
The prisoner was reportedly issued the death penalty by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the province of Ardabil.
Source: Iran Human Rights, August 24, 2015

Pakistan: Hangman shares his thoughts

An executioner has revealed that his mind is a perfect blank when he takes the life of another human being.
Hangman Sabir Massih said he never feels anything when he ties the noose around the neck of a prisoner and pulls the lever on a trapdoor, sealing their fate.
“I don’t think about them at all,” he told BBC correspondent Shaimaa Khalil. “For me, it’s a technical thing. We have 3 minutes flat to get this done, so I try to do it as quickly as possible. I want to get there on time, I want to go in and out in the time that’s allocated and I want to do the job right.”
The Pakistani’s relatives have been in the business of death for generations. His father, uncles, grandfather and great-grandfather were all hangmen before him. “It’s just part of our family,” he said.
Pakistan lifted a 7-year moratorium on the death penalty last year after massacre of 150 students at a school in Peshawar by Taliban militants. More than 200 death-row inmates have been hanged in the past 8 months, and the country now has one of the highest execution rates in the world, alongside Iran, Saudi Arabia and China.
Massih told the reporter that even the very 1st time he took a life, he was calm. “I had only seen 1 hanging before, that was done by my father,” he said. “It was him who taught me at home how to tie a noose properly.
“The superintendent of the jail reassured me and said that there is no reason to get confused or to be anxious. He gave me the signal, I pulled the lever and opened the trap. It was only after I looked that I saw the person hanging. It was a matter of seconds.”
Massih’s real passion is breeding roosters for cock fighting, and he reserves his emotion for the birds. “This is what I think about when I go home,” he said.
Reporter Khalil told Public Radio International that she suspected his complete detachment was a coping mechanism, and he had to maintain a matter-of-fact attitude to the grisly job.
He said prisoners sometimes begged for forgiveness, and others could hardly walk to the gallows. In one case, two convicted militants hugged each other before their joint execution, one saying he could already “smell paradise”. Regardless, Massih would be waiting silently, with a black cloth to slip over their heads and the noose in his hands.
This hangman is not the strange, solitary figure we might imagine. He has the support of his friends and the community, many of whom are grateful for the return of the death penalty.
This month Shafqat Hussain, who was convicted of murdering a child, was one of those executed, and many believed justice was being served. Hussain was only 14 when he was convicted, and human rights groups say he was tortured into confessing, but their protests were brushed aside.
Massih does not feel righteous, but sees death as his duty and the job he is paid to do. At the end of the day, he rushes home to his roosters, putting his deadly day’s work out of his head.
Source: news.com.au, August 19, 2015

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Iran: Two Public Executions in Zanjan and One Execution in Shiraz’s Adel Abad Prison

On Tuesday August 18th 2 prisoners charged with rape were hanged to death in public in the province of Zanjan, according to the Justice Department in Zanjan.
On Sunday August 16th a prisoner, identified as Omar Parastandeh Khial, with drug related charges was hanged to death in Shiraz’s Adel Abad Prison, according to the Baluch Activists Campaign group. Iranian authorities have not reported on Khial’s execution.
The identities of the 2 prisoners who were hanged to death in Zanjan have not been announced to the public.
The prisoners were reportedly accused of the kidnap and rape of a 9 year old child.
Source: Iran Human Rights, August 19, 2015

Iran: 10 executions

Iran’s fundamentalist regime hanged 10 prisoners, including at least 2 Afghan citizens, on Monday in the south of the country.
6 prisoners were hanged on Monday in Bandar Abbas Prison, southern Iran. They were identified as Siamak Fadaii, 24; Zaher Amroddin, 24 (an Afghan citizen); Vazirahmad Amroddin, 22 (Afghan); Amir-Hossein Abdol-Khaleq, 22; Mansour Mehdizadeh, 68; and Gholam Fayezi, 28.
Another four prisoners were hanged on Monday in Minab, 80 kilometers east of Bandar Abbas. They were identified as Saadat Shah Karam Zahi (Rigi), Issa Omar Zehi and two others identified only by their last names Shahnavazi and Jedgal.
They were accused of drug related charges.
Following the executions, Ms. Farideh Karimi, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and a human rights activist, on Tuesday said: “The fundamentalist regime in Iran is increasingly resorting to group executions to terrorize the population and prevent any popular protests demanding change. The international community should not tolerate such mass killings and should make its ties to Iran conditional upon an end to executions and torture.”
A statement by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on August 5 said: “Iran has reportedly executed more than 600 individuals so far this year. Last year, at least 753 people were executed in the country.”
Source: NCR-Iran, August 18, 2015