Prisoners executed at Gachsaran, Tabriz, Rajaei Shahr jails

Iran executions: Prisoners executed at Gachsaran, Tabriz, Rajaei Shahr jails

One prisoner identified as Keramat Hassani was hanged on Monday, August 20, at Gachsaran Prison on murder charges.

Keramat Hassani and his family were the only residents of a village in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad,

Keramat Hassani
Keramat Hassani

southwest Iran.

According to a close source to the family, Mr. Hassani’s family was attacked by three robbers in 2010 and in the ensuing clash between the family members and the robbers, the family’s young son unarms one of the robbers but is killed by the other two attackers. Mr. Hassani uses his hunting rifle against the robbers which leads to the death of one of them while the other one becomes paralyzed.

Keramat Hassani had gone on a hunger strike last year protesting the authorities who had frequently tortured him.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Another prisoner was hanged at Tabriz Central Prison on murder charge on the morning of Wednesday, August 15. The victim, identified as Milad Zia, was sentenced to death on murder charges. Milad Zia was arrested and sentenced to death on the charge of murdering four people including a government official. According to a source another prisoner, named Ali Narimani, was transferred to the solitary confinement along with Milad but he returned to his cell by winning the consent of the plaintiffs.

In another development on the morning of Wednesday, August 1, six prisoners were executed at Rajaei Shahr Prison. The prisoners, all sentenced to death on murder charges, were transferred to the solitary confinement on Saturday, July 28.

Only one of the inmates, who were transferred to the solitary confinement, was able to return to his cell by asking for time from the plaintiffs, the other six were executed.

Neither the state-run media nor the Iranian Judiciary’s Public Relations announced these executions.

Considering the high number of unannounced executions, as well as the measures were taken by the authorities to prevent leaking news from prisons, there is a high probability that the number of the executions carried out in the last few months is much higher than what human rights organizations are aware of.

The suppression of Iranian human rights activists whose activities involved raising awareness and informing people also gives a cause for concern.

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