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Iran: 12 executions in Karaj, Shiraz, Ahvaz and Salmas prisons

Darkness at Noon: Collective hanging in Iran (file photo)
Darkness at Noon: Collective hanging in present-day Iran (file photo)
Anti-human regime of mullahs hanged 12 prisoners in the central prisons of Karaj, Shiraz, Sepidar of Ahvaz and Salmas during days 23 to 25 October. 

One of the five prisoners that were hanged collectively on Tuesday morning, October 25 was a 25-year- old youth by the name of Saeed Pour-Hassan. 

On the day before, three prisoners in Shiraz and two young brothers in Abadan from Arab minority were hanged in the Sepidar prison of Ahvaz. 

In fear of the people’s wrath, repressive SSF (State Security Force) were stationed in various locations in the Salich district of Abadan strictly controlling the people.

Also on October 23, two Kurd prisoners were hanged in in the prison of Salmas.

Meanwhile, Bahram Ghasemi, the regime’s foreign ministry spokesman, described the recent European Parliament resolution about Iran as being “inaccurate” and based on “false information and reports”. He called repression and killing of the Iranian people as an internal issue and said, “We have not and will not allow any individual or country to speak or judge about our internal issues.” (state-run News Network, October 24)

The Iranian Resistance calls all the Iranian people and particularly the brave youths to protest against the brutal death penalty. It reiterates any dealing with the mullahs’ regime should be contingent upon improvement of human rights situation, especially halt of executions.

Source: Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, 26 October 2016

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