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Three Prisoners Hanged in Southern Iranian Prison

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Three prisoners were reportedly hanged at Shiraz's Adel Abad Prison on the morning of Tuesday September 13.

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 13 2016): Two prisoners sentenced to death for armed robbery and one prisoner sentenced to death for rape were reportedly executed at Shiraz's Adel Abad Prison (Fars province, southern Iran).

According to the press departments of the Prosecutor General and the Judiciary in Shiraz, the three executions were carried out on the morning of Tuesday September 13. 

The prisoners have been identified as: Sajjad A. and Goudarz A., both convicted of two counts of fatal armed robbery, and Khosrow H., convicted of rape and murder.

The executions of Sajjad A. and Goudarz A. were reportedly carried out despite the prisoners obtaining consent from the victims' families to stop their death sentences. 

According to reports, the Iranian authorities carried out their execution sentences for creating an atmosphere of fear in the Iranian public.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 13, 2016

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