Iran: Young man publicly executed before his family
A young man was publicly executed this morning in Arak, central Iran, as wired by the state-run Rokna and IRNA news. He was found guilty of murder.
This ruling had been upheld and carried out in mere three months.
Abbas Sahrayi had committed the crime on January 11th, and was arrested and put on trial immediately in March. He sentenced to six counts of retribution as the prime suspect in the case.
Sahrayi was also sentenced to eight years behind bars and 74 lashes on charges of “possession of a firearm” and “disturbing public order.”
It is worth noting on early Thursday two other young inmates identified as Sajjad Rasuli, 26, and Mohammad Mohammadzadeh, 33, were hanged in Ardebil Prison, northwest of Iran. They were transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions on Wednesday.
Prior to this on April 10th, another inmate was hanged in Central Prison of Kerman, Central Iran, according to the province deputy prosecutor.
The 32-year-old inmate had been sentenced to prison and lashes. No further information is available about his identity.
Two young prisoners aged 22 and 23 were also recently put on trial. The prime suspect was sentenced to death and the latter received 20 years behind bars and 74 lashes.
Iran has a high rate of executions for drug-related offences or crimes deemed to constitute “enmity against God” in the absence of fair trials.
Iranian authorities are continuously hanging and killing people while sentences hundreds to death. Dozens of inmates have been hanged in the first four months of 2017, including a mass execution of 12 in Gohardasht Prison, west of Tehran. Reports indicate 87 inmates in January, 89 in February and 41 in march were executed.
Authorities have recently increased the number of gallows from 15 to 18 in Gohardasht Prison, west of Tehran. The judiciary decided to finalize the fate of death row prisoners, according to a reliable source.
At least 5,000 inmates have been condemned to death mostly for non-violent drug offenses, according to Ali Bakhtiar a member of Judicial and Legal Commission of Iran’s Majlis.
Many judiciary officials have made remarks over the punishments imposed on non-violent crimes. “Generally, 93 percent of all executions in Iran are based on drug-related charges,” according to deputy of international affairs in the human rights office of Iran’s judiciary.
Judiciary officials admit to the high number of executions while offenders are from low class people, including many young men and women who are not able to get a job to cover their family’s expenses.