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Iran: Public execution at sports stadium

Public hanging at the Neyriz sports stadium in Fars Province, Iran, 22 SEPT 2016
Public hanging at the Neyriz sports stadium in Fars Province, Iran, 22 Sept. 2016
NCRI - This morning, 22 September, an inmate was hanged in public at the Neyriz sports stadium in Fars Province (south Iran).

Public Relations of the Fars province’s Department of Justice announced: “Thursday morning September22 an inmate called Saeed T. was executed after due process of law.

Also Thursday morning September 22, more than 10 prisoners on death row in Gohardasht (Rajai-Shahr) Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran, have been transferred to solitary confinement.

Names of some of the prisoners from Ward 2, called the Daralqran are as follows:

Hatem Karim

Ali Hatami Zadh

(...)

In addition, Hossein Karami and Mohammad Jafari also have been moved to solitary confinement in Ward 6 of Gohardasht Prison.

One of the prisoners called F. Hatami who has been already more than 13 years in prison is also among death row inmates.

More photos of the public execution:


Public hanging at the Neyriz sports stadium in Fars Province, Iran, 22 Sept. 2016
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments

Public hanging at the Neyriz sports stadium in Fars Province, Iran, 22 Sept. 2016

Public hanging at the Neyriz sports stadium in Fars Province, Iran, 22 Sept. 2016


Source: NCRI, September 22, 2016

Iran: Prisoner Hanged in Public at Football Stadium


Photos of this public hanging show that at least one child was present and watching the execution
Photos show that at least one child was present and watching the execution.
Iran Human Rights (SEPT 22 2016): A prisoner sentenced to public execution for rape and murder was hanged in public at a sports stadium in the city of Neyriz (Fars province, southern Iran) on the morning of Thursday September 22.

According to Iranian state run news agency Mehr, quoting the press department of the Judiciary in Fars, a prisoner identified as "Saeed T." was hanged in public on the morning of Thursday September 22 at a sports stadium in the city of Neyriz. Photos of this public hanging show that at least one child was present and watching the execution.

This is not the first time that Iranian authorities have used a sports stadium to carry out an execution. In 2013, after learning about a public execution carried out in a sports stadium in northeastern Iran, FIFA issued a warning to Iranian officials and called on them to ensure that the act is not repeated.

"We call on the international community and the international sports organizations, including FIFA, to condemn the latest barbaric act. The Islamic Republic of Iran and territories controlled by ISIS are the only places where we are aware of sports arenas being used for public executions," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson of Iran Human Rights.

"According to the Iranian law, all public punishments must be approved by the local representatives of government, currently led by Hassan Rouhani. President Rouhani must be held accountable for public executions in Iran, which are meant to terrorize Iranian society," says Amiry-Moghaddam.

Iran Human Rights urges the international community to confront the Iranian government representatives, who are currently taking part in the UNGA, with their role in implementing public executions in Iran.

Iranian official sources say the prisoner was sentenced to death by Branch 1 of the Fars criminal court. The following is a breakdown of the charges and sentencing: sentenced to public execution for rape, sentenced to death for murder, sentenced to 15 years in prison for kidnapping, sentenced to 10 years in prison and 74 lashes for robbery.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept. 23, 2016

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