Iran: Five prisoners hanged in Urmia Central Prison

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At least five prisoners were hanged today in Central Prison of Urmia. Four of the victims were identified as Tayeb Sheikh-Nejad, Ghader Mohammad Hassan, Islam Rashidpour and Soltan. All of the victims who were found guilty of murder, had a last visit with their families on Sunday.

According to the latest report of the Amnesty International, among all the recorded executions worldwide last year, more than 51 percent were carried out in Iran.
Although second, behind China in terms of executions, Iran “carried out 84 percent of the global total number of executions.”
The number of executions in Iran last year was 507, “accounting for 60 percent of all confirmed executions in the region.” Of the 507 people executed, “501 were men and six were women. At least five juvenile offenders were executed, and 31 executions were carried out publicly.”

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