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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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