Four prisoners were executed on Monday, May 14, 2018 in the cities of Ilam, Zahedan and Urmia. All of the victims were found guilty of murder.
Two inmates were executed at Urmia Central Prison. They were transferred on Sunday, May 13 to solitary confinement for execution. The two are identified as Khalil Agush and Soheil Mirbakhsh. Khalil Agush was from Makou and was jailed in ward 3 and 4 of this prison since 2012 and Soheil Mirbakhsh, 25, from Urmia who was jailed since 2014 in youth’s ward of this facility.
On the same day an Ilami resident was executed at Ilam Central Prison, western Iran. He was identified as Mojtaba Karimian from Mish-Khas Village of Ilam. He was condemned to death by Iran judiciary for intentional murder.
The fourth man, Mohammad Sarhadi, 33, was hanged in Zahedan Central Prison, southeastern Iran.
Iran is one of the 23 countries that have not yet abolished the death penalty, and according to an April 12th report released by Amnesty International, “more than half (51%) of all recorded executions in 2017 were carried out in Iran.”
Ranking second behind China in terms of executions around the world, Iran has “carried out 84% of the global total number of executions along with Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan.”