Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2017

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MARCH 13, 2018): The 10th annual report on the death penalty in Iran by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM shows that in 2017 at least 517 people were executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
This number is comparable with the execution figures in 2016 and confirms the relative reduction in the use of the death penalty compared to the period between 2010 and 2015. 
Nevertheless, with an average of more than one execution every day and more than one execution per one million inhabitants in 2017, Iran remained the country with the highest number of executions per capita.
2017 Annual Report at a Glance:
At least 517 people were executed in 2017, an average of more than one execution per day111 executions (21%) were announced by official sources.Approximately 79% of all executions included in the 2017 report, i.e. 406 executions, were not announced by the authorities.At least 240 people (46% of all executions) were executed for murder charges - 98 more than in 2016.At le…

Iran's Rajai Shahr Prison: Eight Prisoners Including Two Women Hanged in One Day

Ali Maleki
Ali Maleki (Photo: Iran Human Rights)
Iran Human Rights (MAY 4 2017): On Wednesday May 3, eight prisoners, including two unidentified women, were reportedly hanged at Karaj's Rajai Shahr Prison.

According to close sources, the majority of these prisoners were executed on murder charges. Five other prisoners, including Mehdi Bahlouli, were returned to their cells after their execution sentences were halted.

The men who were executed were among a group of 11 prisoners who were transferred to solitary confinement on May 29 in preparation for their executions. Iran Human Rights had reported on these imminent executions.

Close sources have identified the men as: Maziar Alaie Bakhsh, Jabbar Mollahashemi, Shayan Shaddel, Mohammad Jegarki, Mahmoud Bayat and Ali Maleki.

"In September 2012, Ali (pictured) got involved in a group fight situation to defend his little brother. At that time, he had accepted responsibility for the murder that occurred, in order to protect his brother," a family member of Ali Maleki tells Iran Human Rights."

The names of the two women who were also executed are not known at this time. 

A prisoner has reported to Iran Human Rights that these two women were transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison from Gharchak Varamin Prison. 

Close sources say that they were sentenced to death on murder charges.

Execution Sentences of Five Prisoners Halted

Five prisoners, including Mehdi Bahlouli and Majid Agharahimi, were temporarily spared from execution.

Iranian official sources, including the media and the Judiciary, have not announced any of the executions or imminent executions mentioned in this report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 4, 2017

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Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2017