Iranian authorities execute six prisoners, including one in public

Iran executions

Iranian authorities executed four prisoners on Wednesday, October 2, at Raja’i Shahr Prison in the city of Karaj, near the capital, Tehran.

Two of the victimes identified as Hossein Roshan and Mohsen Kounani were sentenced to death on charges related to moharebeh (“enmity against God”), while Mohammad Reza Ghanbari and Hamid Sheikhi were hanged on murder charges.

As a consequence of the clerical regime’s failure to categorize murders according to their degrees, anyone committing murder is sentenced to death, regardless of their motives.

On Wednesday, October 2, the Iranian regime executed a man in public in the northern ciry of Rasht. He was hanged for killing a security agent.

Another prisoner identified as 24-year-old Razgar Zandi was executed on Tuseday, October 1, in Sanandaj Prison. He was charged with killing a man during a group fight.

The clerical regime also executed at least 12 prisoners including two women on September 24 and 25, 2019. The news of these executions has not been announced by any of the state media in Iran.

The unidentified woman hanged with seven men on September 25, 2019, in Gohardasht Prison was accused of deliberately murdering her husband. An eye-witness said she had been taken for implementation of her death verdict to Gohardasht from either Shahr-e Ray (Qarchak) or Kachouii Prison. The woman has not been identified yet as this news is being posted.

Taking into account the execution that took place on September 25, the number of women executed during Rouhani’s tenure reaches 96. Eight of these women have been hanged in a period of slightly over three months. One of these women was Leila Zarafshan who was executed on Thursday, September 26, 2019, in the Central Prison of Sanandaj.

This should be compared to the 9 women executed during the entire year 2016, ten women in 2017, and 6 women in 2018.

Human rights organizations have voiced concern about the rate of executions and human rights violations in Iran. During the tenure of Rouhani, more than 3,800 people have been executed, including 96 women. The Iranian regime is the record holder of executions per capita. Iran also has the worst global record in the execution of juvenile offenders.

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