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Iran: Five executions on Moharebeh, murder charges

Public execution in Iran
Iran human rights (Dec 22 2017): Four prisoners who were transferred to solitary confinement from ward 5 of Rajai Shahr Prison were executed in an unknown site on Moharebeh charges.

According to a close source, on Saturday December 16, four prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement from ward 5 of Rajai Shahr Prison. 

The prisoners, three of whom were identified as Moslem Mohammadi, Mohsen Kamali, and Abolfazl, were sentenced to execution in public on charge of armed robbery.

One of the prisoners’ relatives confirm that the prisoners were hanged and their bodies were delivered to their families. There is no information regarding the time and the place of the execution. However, it seems that the execution was carried out on Wednesday December 20.

At least eight more prisoners were executed in Rajai Shahr Prison on Wednesday.  A close source informed us that thes four prisoners were not among the other death row prisoners, who were executed in Rajai Shahr Prison, and were transferred to an unknown place one hour earlier.

The execution of this prisoners has not been announced by the state-run-media so far.

Execution on Murder Charges


Official sources reported the execution of a prisoner in Rajai Shahr Prison on multiple murder charges. Apparently he was one of the prisoners who were executed on Wednesday. 

At least eight prisoners were executed on Wednesday only two of which were reported by the official sources.

According to Javanonline website, a prisoner was hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison on multiple murder charges. According to the same source, the prisoner, identified as Ghadir sheykhju, was convicted of murdering three women and two men in the last 20 years.

It should be noted that Iran Human Rights (IHR) had reported the execution of eight prisoners at Rajai Shahr Prison mostly on murder charges on Wednesday December 20. Four other prisoners who were sentenced to execution in public were executed on an unknown site on the same day.

There is no information regarding any other execution at Rajai Shahr Prison since Wednesday. However, it seems that Ghadir Sheykhju was one of the eight prisoners who were executed on Wednesday.

Iran Newspaper had confirmed one of the executions that was carried on Wednesday December 21. The report mentioned the prisoner identified as Nima who was convicted of murdering a Police officer in Karaj in May 2007.

According to Iran Human Rights (IHR) the prisoner was identified as Nima Esma’ilian from ward 5 of Rajai Shahr Prison.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 26-27, 2017


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