Ali Alghasi Mehr, Attorney General of the province of Fars: The province of Fars carries out an execution or retribution sentence about once a week, but not all are exposed to the public.
Iran Human Rights, June 25, 2015: On Wednesday Ali Alghasi Mehr, the Attorney General of the province of Fars reportedly alleged that it is the Iranian public
who demands for executions to be carried out in public.
According to IRNA, an official news agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Alghasi Mehr said: "We do not carry out all [execution and retribution sentences] in public. Approximately once a week an execution or retribution sentence is carried out in the province of Fars, but not always in public.
Public punishment is reserved for criminals who have wounded the sentiments of society or whose offense affects the public safety and security of society."
Since the start of 2015, official sources in Iran have only reported on nine executions in Fars.
Iran Human Rights expresses regret for the implementation of countless death sentences in Iran and also the ongoing silence of the international community and calls on the Iranian authorities to reconsider the implementation of this inhumane punishment.
Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the director and spokesperson of Iran Human Rights: "In recent years the province of Fars has had the highest numbers of public executions. If we assume it is true that the majority of people call for public executions, then this would be considered a rare instance when the Judiciary has actually listened to the demands of the people."