Iran: judiciary chief orders accelerated pace of executions

The mullahs’ judiciary chief has ordered to have Sunni prisoners convicted of drug related charges executed as soon as possible so they would not be exonerated by a new legislation set to exclude drug trafficking convicts from execution.

This is worth noting that Iran’s parliament has recently agreed to speed up deliberation on an amendment which if passed, would drastically decrease the number of executions for drug-related crimes.

A senior judiciary official has revealed that the mullahs’ judiciary chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani intends to execute Sunni prisoners before the new law is enforced.

At least 50 Sunni convicts are subject to this order and on death row, mostly in the cities of Birjand, Mashhad, Zahedan, Shiraz, Kerman and Urmia.

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