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11 Prisoners Executed in Central and Northern Iran

Bystanders watch a public hanging in Iran. Some take pictures with their phones.
Bystanders watch a public hanging in Iran. Some take pictures with their phones.
Reports of one execution in central Iran and ten prisoners in the north of the country.

Iran Human Rights (JAN 14 2016): Iran state run media, Ashkezar News, reports on the execution of one prisoner on the morning of Thursday January 14 at Yazd's central prison (central Iran). According to the report, the prisoner, identified as "A.B.", was a Wahhabi.

According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, six prisoners were hanged at Orumiyeh's central prison (northern Iran) on murder charges. The executions were reportedly carried out on Wednesday January 13. 

On Tuesday the prisoners had been transferred from their cells to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions. 

The prisoners have been identified as Aref Shahindeji, Hossein Ezzataleb, Rahman Ranjbar, Alireza Akbari, Arsalan Badyaneh, and Abdul Wahab Hatami.

According to the human rights group, HRANA, four prisoners were hanged at Karaj's central prison (northern Iran) on drug charges. 

The executions were reportedly carried out on the morning of Tuesday January 12. 

The prisoners have been identified as Seyed Hamid Hajian, Hossein Toutiannoush, Mostafa Jamshidi, and Mohsen Nasiri.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 14, 2016

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