Iran: 4 executed on drug charges

Four inmates were hanged Tuesday in Urmia Central Prison, northwest of Iran, based on drug related charges.

The four’s identities and their case details are identified as:

  1. Changiz Badavazdah, ward 15
  2. Ekram Hassanpour, from Salmas, northwest of Iran, ward 15, charged with drug possession, had been in prison for three years
  3. Vahed Hamedi, from Ardebil, northwest of Iran, ward 15, a disabled war veteran who suffered an injury from a chemical attack during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1983), had been in prison for the past 20 months.
  • Kiumarth Faridan, from Urmia, ward 15, was sentenced to two counts of execution in two different cases of possessing 100 and 500 grams of drugs. One of his rulings was commuted. His wife is in the women’s ward and his father, by the name of Afandi, was executed last September. His brother is sentenced to life imprisonment and his mother was recently released.

The executions were carried out during the annual Fire Festivities celebrated across Iran.

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