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Iran: 18 Executed Including Two Women and One in Public

Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
18 Executions Including 2 Women and 1 in Public and Mass Arrests

The Iranian regime hanged 18 prisoners over the past 3 days in various cities. 

On March 6, 2 young prisoners in the prison of Sari, 2 other prisoners, including a 70-year-old man in Orumiyeh Central Prison and 2 others in the prison of Garmsar were hanged.

The day before, a prisoner was hanged in public in Buin Zahra (Qazvin province) and 3 in Ghezel Hessar Prison in Karaj. 

On March 4, 8 prisoners were hanged in Rasht, Orumiyeh, Shahroud and Hamedan prisons. 

2 of the 4 prisoners executed in Rasht were women.

At the same time arbitrary arrests under false pretexts have broadened across the country. 

An all-women's party was raided and its organizers arrested, 34 young men and women were arrested in Ahwaz, 14 people were arrested in Sepidan (Fars Province), and 13 people were arrested in Bandar Anzali (northern Iran) were among the arrests made in recent days.

The goal of the wave of executions and arbitrary arrests is to intensify the atmosphere of fear and to prevent the spread of social protests, whose increasing trend has frightened the mullahs' regime.

Source: NCRI, March 7, 2017

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