Iran: Mass execution imminent in Rajaie Shahr Prison

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At least 20 death row prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement in Rajaie Shahr Prison in Karaj. There are concerns that their death sentence would be carried out on Wednesday April 25.  Among the prisoners, an Afghan national identified as Amir Khalili was transferred from Qezel Hesar Prison while another prisoner identified as Amir Ahmadi was transferred from Khorin Prison in Varamin. The other prisoners have been identified as Javad Sohrabi, Iman Hosseini Moghadam, Ali Masoumi, Ahmad Sabet Ahmadi, Amrullah Azhdar, and Mohammad Reza Kharratha who were all held in Rajaie Shahr Prison.

An inmate identified as Reza Sheikh, 40, was hanged today in central prison of Zahedan, capital of Sistan and Baluchestan Province. He had been on death row since nine years ago on charge of murder. The execution has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Iran has sent at least 21 prisoners to the gallows during the past week in the cities of Karaj, Urmia, Hamedan,Tabriz, Kermanshah and Ilam. Eight of the executed were hanged collectively in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj on April 18th.

On the same day, Bahman Varmazyar, a young prisoner who was a sports coach, was executed in Hamadan Prison. A day before, a prisoner was executed in Tabriz’s central prison.

On April 23, nine prisoners were sent to the gallows. Five of them were hanged collectively in Urmia prion, three prisoners in Keramanshah, and on prisoner in Ilam.

In yet another occasion, on April 22, a 31-year-old prisoner, Nasir Zoraghi, died at the Zahedan Central Prison following a stroke and denial of his medical treatment.

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