Iran hangs five men in Raja’i Shahr Prison

Iran executions
File photo - Iranian regime hangmen preparing noose for a public hanging

At least five prisoners were hanged on Wednesday, June 26, in Raja’i Shahr Prison, northwest of the capital Tehran.

The prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement on Monday and Tuesday to be mass executed on Wednesday.

Four of the victims were identified as Majid Hassanzadeh, Hanif Motaharinejad, Gorban Mohammad Soleimani, and Mehdi Bourbour.

All the five men had been found guilty of murder.

50 years-old Gorban Mohammad Soleimani had spent 10 years on death row.

Iran is the world’s top record holder in per capita executions. More than 3,600 people have been executed in Iran since Rouhani took office in 2013.

UN human rights bodies have condemned the Iranian regime on 65 occasions for its gross human rights violations.

The reason for those condemnations is the violation of basic human rights (especially of minorities), executions, brutal punishments such as amputation and flogging, and degrading behavior with prisoners.

According to the IranHRM Annual Report 2018, at least 285 people were executed in that year, 11 of them in public. They included 10 political prisoners and at least 4 women. Seven individuals were executed for crimes they allegedly committed as minors.

The clerical regime in Iran uses the death penalty as a tool to suppress and silence a disgruntled society the majority of whom live under the poverty line, are unemployed and deprived of freedom of speech.