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Five Prisoners Including Possible Juvenile Offender Hanged in Iran

Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
Iranian authorities have executed four prisoners in northern Iran and one prisoner in southern Iran who may have been under the age of 18 when he allegedly committed the murder that Iranian courts sentenced him to death for.

Iran Human Rights (JAN 18 2016): Gilan Judiciary's press department reports on the execution of four prisoners at Lakan, Rasht's central prison, on the morning of Saturday January 16. 

According to the report, three of the prisoners were sentenced to death on drug charges. 

Their names have been identified as: S.Gh., 50 years old; M.F., 35 years old; and A.A., 24 years old. 

The report identifies the other prisoner as: H.R., 27 years old, sentenced to death for rape.

According to the human rights group, HRANA, on Wednesday January 13, a prisoner, identified as Houshang Zare, was hanged at Shiraz's Adelabad Prison on murder charges. 

A close source who asked to be anonymous tells IHR that Zare was under the age of 18 when he allegedly committed the murder that Iranian courts sentenced him to death for.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 18, 2016


Iran: 53 executions in first two weeks of January

The religious fascism ruling Iran increases hangings concurrent with the implementation of the nuclear deal on the verge of sham elections

The antihuman Iranian regime that closed its infamous dossier for 2015 with over one thousand executions has begun the New Year by ramping up executions throughout the country such that in just the first two weeks of this year 53 executions have been registered. The forced retreat from the nuclear bomb and the implementation of the nuclear deal with the P5+1, the upcoming elections for the Assembly of Experts and the parliament, and the intensification of the power struggle within regime’s factions have tightened the noose around the regime’s neck.

To confront these crises, the Iranian regime is planning to increase its death sentences and climate of terror in the society to thwart the expansion of popular protests and the explosion of popular wrath. Since the beginning of January to this day, the clerical regime has executed 53 prisoners, including one woman, in various cities. Four of the prisoners have been hanged in public and most prisoners were executed in groups.

On January 16, four prisoners were hanged in Rasht’s central prison and on January 14 one prisoner was hanged in Yazd’s central prison.

On the previous day, there was a group hanging of six prisoners in Urmia prison, one prisoner was executed in Shiraz prison, and another one in Bojnourd.

On January 12, four prisoners were collectively hanged in Karaj’s Central Prison and another prisoner was executed in Zanjan.

On January 11, three prisoners were hanged in Sari prison and one was hanged in Mashhad prison.

On January 9 and 10, two prisoners were hanged in Rasht’s central prison, three were executed in Larestan (Fars Province), and one prisoner was hanged in Khorramabad prison.

On January 7, two young men were hanged in public in Shabestar and Khoy, three prisoners were sent to the gallows in Ardabil’s central prison, and one prisoner was executed in Hamadan’s central prison.

On January 6 there were 13 executions; five prisoners in Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) Prison, three in Karaj Central Prison, and five prisoners, including a woman, in Tabriz central prison.

From January 2 to 5, five prisoners were executed in prisons in Noshahr, Khorramabad and Urmia and one prisoner was hanged in public in the town of Sourak Miandoroud in Mazandaran Province.

Source: Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, January 17, 2016

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