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Iran: Four Prisoners Hanged, Authorities Silent

A prisoner was reportedly hanged at Shirvan Prison on murder charges. 2 prisoners were reportedly hanged at Zanjan Central Prison on drug related charges.

According to close sources, the executions in Zanjan were carried out on the morning of Tuesday August 8, and the prisoners have been identified as: Hamza Rahimpour and Abbas Sooghi.

"Hamza Rahimpour was arrested and sentenced to death in 2014 on the charge of producing and selling 6 kilograms of crystal meth. Abbas Sooghi was arrested and sentenced to death in 2015 on the charge of four kilograms of opium and heroin," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights.

Iran Human Rights had reported on the imminent execution of these prisoners and urged the international community to take action.

An official Iranian source announced on Monday August 7 the execution of a prisoner at Zanjan Central Prison on murder charges. This brings the total number of prisoners who were reported as executed in Zanjan Prison last week to three.

There are reports of a prisoner who was executed at Shirvan Prison (South Khorasan province) on murder charges. According to close sources, the prisoner's name is Tohid Haghmoradi, 38, imprisoned for 5 years before he was executed.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the state-run media, have not announced the 2 executions at Zanjan Prison and execution at Shirvan Prison.


Man Executed on Murder Charges


On the morning of Tuesday August 15, a prisoner was reportedly hanged at Urmia's central prison on murder charges. 

According to close sources, the prisoner's name is Khaled Amini and he was imprisoned for 5 years before his execution. 

Khaled and his brother Fattah Amini were arrested together 5 years ago on murder charges. Fattah was reportedly executed at Mahabad Prison on Tuesday July 25.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the state-run media, have not announced these 2 executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 16, 2017

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