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Under the Shadow of Death: List of 30 Death Row Prisoners in One of the Poorest Cities in Iran

Zabol Central Prison, Iran
Zabol Central Prison, Iran
30 prisoners in Zabol Central Prison are reportedly in imminent danger of execution after their death sentences were confirmed by Iran's Supreme Court.

Zabol, located in the province of Sistan & Baluchestan, is one of the poorest cities in Iran. Zabol Central Prison is located in the southern part of the city and hundreds of prisoners are held here.

There are multiple worrying reports from the prison of the ill-treatment of prisoners by the prison officials, frequent water outages, overcrowdedness, lack of air conditioning, and poor-quality and lack of food. 

On May 16, 2017, a prisoner by the name of Ramezan Koohkan reportedly died in Zabol Central Prison after receiving rough treatment by the head of prison security and suffering a concussion.

"About 80% of the prisoners in this prison are Sunni, but all the prison guards and authorities are Shia. This has caused numerous problems in the prison," a prisoner in Zabol Central Prison tells Iran Human Rights.

About 60% of the prisoners in Zabol Central Prison are held on drug related charges, and many of them are on death row. 

At the current time, the death sentences of 30 prisoners in this prison have been confirmed by the Supreme Court. These prisoners are on death row for various charges, including murder, drug trafficking, or kidnapping. 

According to unconfirmed reports, three of these prisoners were under the age of 18 at the time of their arrest. The 30 prisoners may be executed at any moment.

The names and identities of the 30 prisoners in imminent danger of execution:


Karim Ashtarak, 43 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 3 1/2 years on drug related charges.

Gholam-Mohammad Nourzehi, 50 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 9 years on drug related charges.

Hashem Sanchouli, 25 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 4 years on the charge of Moharebeh (enmity against God) through armed drug trafficking.

Ahmad-Ali Chopoulzehi, 25 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 4 years on drug related charges.

Amir Reigi, 60 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 8 years on drug related charges.

Abdolnabi Alizehi, 45 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 5 years on drug related charges.

Nouraloddin Teymouri, 28 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 5 years on drug related charges.

Nessar-Ahmad Golebacheh, 29 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 18 months on drug related charges.

Shahghassem Golebacheh, 19 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 18 months on drug related charges.

Heydar Golebacheh, 25 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 18 months on drug related charges.

Khodadad Narouie, 55 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 20 years on murder charges.

Javid Karim Koshteh. 21 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 3 years on murder charges.

Hossein Karim Koshteh, 20 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 4 years on murder charges.

Jomeh Rakhshani, 55 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 9 years on drug related charges.

Nour-Ahmad Gavkhoreh, 26 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 3 years on drug related charges.

Adel Shiranzehi, 25 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 3 years and 4 months on murder charges.

Mohammmad Saravandi, 45 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 5 years on drug related charges.

Yousef Reigi, 30 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 4 years on drug related charges.

Nematollah Barahouie, 32 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 2 1/2 years on drug related charges.

Parviz Mirbaluchzehi, 36 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 4 years on murder charges.

Javad Ghassemi, 34 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 11 years on murder charges.

Mehdi Eyrouzaie, 34 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 6 years on murder charges.

Mojtaba Ansari, 34 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 5 years on kidnapping charges.

Vali Yousefzehi, 23 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 6 years on drug related charges.

Min Mirzaie, 26 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 5 years on kidnapping charges.

Hamed Sanchouli, 26 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 5 years on kidnapping charges.

Eghbal Shahvezehi, 24 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 5 years on kidnapping charges.

Ma'aloddin Shahvezehi, 36 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 5 years on kidnapping charges.

Mehdi Dousti, 33 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 5 years on kidnapping charges.

Mojtaba Sarani, 23 years of age. Imprisoned for the past 5 years on kidnapping charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, June 9, 2017


Iran: Prisoner Hanged on Murder Charges


A prisoner was reportedly hanged at Khorramabad Central Prison (Lorestan province, western Iran) on Tuesday June 6.

Iran Human Rights (JUNE 7 2017): A prisoner identified as Homayoun Toolabi was reportedly hanged at Khorramabad Prison on murder charges. 

According to close sources, the execution was carried out on the morning of Tuesday June 6, and the prisoner was held in prison for six years prior to his execution. 

Homayoun Toolabi was reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Monday June 5 in preparation for his execution.

Source: Iran Human Rights, June 7, 2017

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