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Iran: More Than 12 Prisoners Scheduled For Execution The Coming Days

Iran Human Rights (July 11 2016): After a short break on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the executions have resumed in Iran. At least 12 prisoners are scheduled to be executed in three different Iranian prisons in the coming days.

According to Iran Human Rights' (IHR) sources 10-13 prisoners of Rajaishahr prison (Karaj, west of Tehran) have been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for execution. 

The prisoners who are all convicted of murder were transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday July 10 and are scheduled to be executed on Wednesday (12-13 July).

Six of the prisoners are identified as: Saeed Javad, Hassan Ghadimi and Mohammad Akbari from Ward 1, Faribors Azizpour, Hassan Mahdilou and Seyed Mohammad Taheri from hall 3 of Section 10 of Rajaishahr prison.

According to information received by IHR one prison identified as "Hadi Pashaei" has been transferred to solitary confinement in the prison of Maragheh (Northwestern Iran) in preparation of execution in the coming days. He is allegedly convicted of drug-related charges and was arrested 6 years ago. 

Four other prisoners from the same prison, identified as "Vali Samani" and "Mehdi Samani" (brothers), "Mehdi Baziari" and "Masoud Ghasemzadeh" are scheduled to be executed in near future. Also these prisoners are convicted of drug-related charges.

The Website of the "Human Rights Activists News Agency" (HRANA) reported yesterday that one prisoner identified as "Mehdi Pak Goftar" is scheduled to be executed in the prison of Ilam (western Iran). The prisoner is convicted of drug-related charges and the execution is scheduled for this week, said the report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 12, 2016

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