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Iran regime mass executes 30 prisoners in 3 days

The mullahs' regime has stepped up a spate of mass executions in recent days, hanging at least 18 people last Thursday alone.

On Thursday, August 25, 7 prisoners, including a woman, were executed en masse in the Central Prison of Yazd, central Iran.

The state-run Rokna news agency claimed that 5 of the victims were accused of drugs-related charges.

Separately on Thursday, the regime mass executed 11 prisoners in the Central Prison of Zahedan, south-east Iran. One of the victims was identified as Hamzeh Rigi.

On Saturday, August 27, despite international calls for a halt to the executions, 12 prisoners were hanged in the Central Prison of Karaj. 

These prisoners had been transferred to solitary cells on August 24 to prepare them for implementation of the death sentence.

Commenting on the recent spate of mass executions in Iran, on Monday Shahin Gobadi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said: "As the regime plunges further into domestic and regional isolation, it resorts to more executions en masse and suppression, but the reality is the regime is at a total strategic impasse, and these barbaric measures only indicate its utter desperation."

The Iranian Resistance has called on all international human rights organizations to take urgent action to stop the brutal death penalty in Iran under the mullahs' rule.

Source: NCR-Iran, August 29, 2016

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