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Secret Mass-Executions of Drug-Convicts in Kerman Prison (Southeastern Iran)

30 Dec 14
Secret Mass-Executions of Drug-Convicts in Kerman Prison (Southeastern Iran)

Tens of prisoners have been executed in the past few months in the prison of Kerman (Southeastern Iran) and their executions have not been announced by the official media. Most of the prisoners have been convicted of drug-related charges. It is not known how long these executions have been going on but it is certain that the executions are not limited only to the past few months. Iran Human Rights (IHR) is investigating further details of the executions.   Iran Human Rights, December 28, 2014: At least 33 prisoners have been executed in the prison of Kerman since August 2014, according to sources Iran Human Rights(IHR) has been in contact with. The prisoners have often been executed in groups of 6-8 at a time, according to these sources. Except for one prisoners who was charged with murder, all the other prisoners had been sentenced to death for drug-related charges.

 No executions in the prison of Kerman has been reported by the official Iranian sources in this period. Human rights groups have reported secret mass-executions of prisoners convicted of drug-related charges in several Iranian prisons in the pas few months. These prisons include Ghezelhesar Prison of Karaj, prison of Bandar Abbas, prison of Zahedan, prison of Urmia and Adelabad prison of Shiraz. IHR strongly condemns executions and urges the international community to react. Mahmood Amiry- Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: "These executions are in violation of international law since drug-related charges are not considered as "the most serious crimes" and  many of the prisoners have been subjected to unfair trials, torture and forced confession. We ask the United Nations to conduct  an independent investigation on the secret mass-executions in the Iranian prisons." The following are the dates and names of some of those executed in the period of August 26 to November 14, 2014: 5 executions on August 26: Hossein Shahriari, Abbas Pouryazdanpanah, Hamid Mir , Mohammad Hosseini and one unidentified prisoner (reported by HRANA). 8 executions on September 18: Mohammad Javad Hasan Abadi, Jalil Shahiki, Mohammad Afshar, Alireza Nouroz Mahani, Hasan Sarhadi, Rouhollah Khaleghi, Gholizadeh, Mehdi Zabolizadeh (Picture, above)   6-8 executions on October 7: One of the prisoners was identified as Mohammadreza Mazloumi (24 year old), convicted of murder (Picture, lower panel, right),   the others not identified by name. 2 executions on October 23: None of the prisoners identified by name (reported by HRANA) 6-8 executions on November 4: None of the prisoners are identified by name 6-8 executions on November 14:  Mohammadreza Gholampour Bami (picture, lower panel, left) , the others not identified by name.  4 of the prisoners were Iranian Turks (Northwestern Iran).