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It is soul-bruising to contemplate the torture that 10-year-old Anthony Avalos endured in his Lancaster home for more than a week before dying last year. Whippings with a looped cord and belt. Repeatedly held upside down then dropped on his head. Getting slammed into pieces of furniture and against the floor. Hot sauce poured on his face and mouth.
The road map of the abuse stretched from head to toe on his small malnourished body — bruises, abrasions, scabs and cuts visible on the outside. Traumatic brain injury and soft tissue damage on the inside. All allegedly perpetrated by his mother, Heather Barron, and her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva.
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Another 8 prisoners hanged in Iran 'en masse'

Public execution in Iran (file photo)
Public execution in Iran (file photo)
The fundamentalist regime ruling Iran on Monday collectively hanged 8 prisoners in the western city of Orumieh in addition to 3 other prisoners executed in public in southern Iran.

The 8 prisoners were hanged at dawn in Orumieh's central prison. They were accused of drugs-related offences. The 8 prisoners had been transferred to solitary confinement a day earlier.

Also on Monday, the mullahs' regime hanged 3 prisoners in public in Kazeroun, southern Iran.

The 3 prisoners were found guilty of ‘Moharebeh,’ or waging on God, by the fundamentalist authorities, according to the regime's state broadcaster.

Iran's fundamentalist regime on Sunday hanged a man in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas after serving 15 years of a prison term.

The regime on Saturday hanged 3 other prisoners in the central prison of Rasht, northern Iran, on the World Day Against the Death Penalty.

The mullahs' regime in Iran continues to execute more of its citizens per capita than any other U.N. member state. Some 2000 people have been executed during Hassan Rouhani’s presidency in the past 2 years.

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."

Amnesty International said on September 7 that “the Iranian authorities must end their unprecedented killing spree – more than 700 people have been executed so far this year."

Source: NCR-Iran, October 13, 2015


18 Prisoners Hanged in Two Days

According to official sources, 3 prisoners were executed in public in the province of Fars on Monday October 12 for alleged drug charges.

On the same day close sources report a total of 14 other hangings were carried out by Iranian authorities: 6 prisoners were hanged in Karaj Central Prison for alleged drug and rape charges and 8 prisoners were hanged in Orumiyeh Central Prison for alleged drug charges.

The names of the 6 prisoners in Karaj are: Bahman Karimzadeh, Akbar Shafie, Farhad Dadashi, Nader Seifi, Kiumars, and Hadi Mohammadi. Iranian official sources have not reported or commented on 14 of the 17 executions carried out on Monday.

The public executions were reported by the Justice Department in Fars who identified the prisoners as Nariman J., Yasser J., and Nasser P.

The report alleges the three prisoners were sentenced to death by a revolutionary court for "multiple armed robberies, murder, and intimidation through use of an armed weapon."

One day earlier, a prisoner charged with murder was hanged in Bandar Abbas Central Prison. The news was reported by the Justice Deparment in Hormogan and identifies the prisoner as M.T., aged 47, charged with murder, was held in prison from 1995 until the day he was executed.

Source: Iran Human Rights, October 13, 2015

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