The Iranian regime executed a couple in the Central Prison of Mashhad, the state-run media reported on December 11.
A woman identified as Maryam, 32, was hanged along with her husband, Mehdi R. in the Central Prison of Mashhad. The executions were reported by several state-run media. (The state-run ROKNA news agency – December 11, 2019)
The woman by the name of Maryam was hanged along with her husband in the Central Prison of Mashhad. She is the 99th woman to be executed during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure.
This is the second woman to be executed in a week. Somayyeh Shahbazi Jahruyi was executed on December 4, 2019, in the Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz.
This is while there is unconfirmed news about the hangings of another two women on December 4, 2019, in Rjaei Shahr Prison of Karaj.
The Iranian regime executed five other prisoners on Monday, December 9, also on murder charges in the courtyard of Dizel Abad Prison in Kermanshah, west of Iran. Two of the victims were identified as Amir Khorram Najaf Abadi and Khalil Karami.
Another prisoner convicted of murder charges identified as Manuchehr Iranshahi was executed on December 12, in Rajaei Shahr Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran.
The Iranian regime is the world’s top record holder of per capita executions. At least 4,000 persons have been executed during Rouhani’s terms in office. The actual number of executions are much higher because most executions in Iran are carried out secretly, away from the public eye where only the masterminds and perpetrators are witness to them.
An assessment made by the UN’s special investigator on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, has revealed Iran’s execution rate “remains one of the highest in the world” even after a drop from 507 in 2017 to 253 in 2018. So far in 2019, he said, “conservative estimates indicate that at least 173 executions have been carried out.”
Rehman expressed deep concern at the overall use of the death penalty in Iran.
Rehman also told the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee that he has “credible information” there are at least 90 child offenders currently on death row in Iran.