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Iran: At Least 12 Prisoners Executed on the Same Day

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The Iranian authorities executed at least twelve prisoners on the same day. At least eleven of the prisoners were sentenced to death on drug related charges.

Iran Human Rights (AUG 12 2017): At least eleven prisoners were reportedly hanged at Birjand Central Prison on drug related charges, and a prisoner was hanged at Babol's Mati Kola Prison on murder and rape charges.

According to a report by the human rights news agency, HRANA, on the morning of Thursday August 10, at least eleven prisoners were hanged at Birjand Central Prison on drug related charges.

The report identifies eight of the prisoners as:

1. Khani Mary Khaled

2. Barat Emadi

3. Mohammad Reza Ayoubi

4. Abolfazl Yousefpour

5. Haji Moezi, he was transferred to Birjand Prison from another prison for the implementation of his execution sentence

6. Mehrdad Beghershams, he was transferred to Birjand Prison from another prison for the implementation of his execution sentence

7. Hadi Eem, he was transferred to Birjand Prison from another prison for the implementation of his execution sentence

8. Hadi Jafari, he was transferred to Birjand Prison from another prison for the implementation of his execution sentence

These prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement on Wednesday August 9 in preparation for their executions.

On the same day, an unidentified prisoner was reportedly hanged at Babol's Mati Kola prison on rape and murder charges. This prisoner was reportedly transferred to solitary confinement a few days before his execution was carried out.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state-run media, have not announced any of these executions.

Executions for drug related charges are carried out in Iran at the same time that a bill to stop the death penalty for drug charges is under review by the Iranian Parliament.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 12, 2017

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