In the past few days, 28 executions have been carried out in Iranian prisons all over the country. According to Iran Human Rights organization, four prisoners were hanged on 8 July in Orumieh prison including Khalil Musavi Kousi, Kheiroddin Mashmoul, Mirhaj Abdi and Sofi Kolonakzadeh who were all convicted of drug related crimes.
Furthermore, two prisoners each were hanged in Maragheh prison, Rajai Shahr prison, Gorgan Prison and Semnan Central prison in the past one week.
All the prisoners have been identified who were convicted and executed on various charges including murder, rape, and drug related crimes. It was reported on July 10 that at least 11 prisoners were transferred to solitary cells for execution in Rajai Shahr prison and the death sentence for 7 of them was carried out in the courtyard on the next morning. The prisoners were identified as Mehrdad Sabie Afshar, Mohammad Shirzad, Hamid Islami, Mehdi Ahmadi, Nader Kamani, Vali Khazaie and Mohammad Hamehvand.
On the morning of Monday, July 10, a man identified as Sheikh Morad Irabhimi was hanged in the Central Mahabad Prison. This Kurd man was arrested in 2012 for carrying narcotics and was sentenced to death by the Judiciary. According to an informed source, he is the father of a 7-year-old autistic child.
Another ten prisoners were executed in Taibad prison on charges of drug related crimes in the Khorasan Razavi Province. Four of these prisoners were identified as farmers who were found to possess approximately 4 kg of heroin. According to an inside source, they have been identified as Naser Karimi, Mahmoud Teimouri, Abolfazl Mokhteh Baz and Ahmad Sheikhi.
A Majlis of the Judicial Commission reviewed the Law to Counter Narcotics, and all the members of the commission including Prosecutor General were in favor of giving death sentences to drug traffickers. Anyone found guilty of possessing more than 100 kg of opium, 2 kg of marijuana or crystal meth or any other form of narcotics which weighs more than 5 kg would be hanged. Another clause was added to this law which decided that those who have had previous prison terms of 2-5 years and are again found with narcotics will be considered for a death sentence even if the weight is less than determined.
The Assistant Head of International Affairs, Kazem Gharib Abadi said, “the public executions are implemented following legal guidelines, and it is the right of the people and is carried out by the victim’s family.” He further added, “In addition to this, 90 percent of executions are carried out for drug related crimes”.