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At Least Two Prisoners Executed on Drug Charges

29 Apr 16
At Least Two Prisoners Executed on Drug Charges

Iran Human Rights (APR 29 2016): Two of the four prisoners who were transferred to solitary confinement on Wednesday April 27 were hanged yesterday morning in Karaj Central Prison (west of Tehran). According to close sources, these prisoners were identified as Mehdi Bagherzadeh and Esmaeil Tanabi.

 

Iran Human Rights (IHR) had reported about the transfer of four prisoners (two brothers) to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions on April 27.  All four prisoners were sentenced to death for possession and trafficking of 8 kilograms of heroin in one case.

Mehdi Bagherzadeh and his younger brother Abbas Bagherzadeh were the two brothers who were scheduled to be executed. Mehdi was executed while Abbas along with another prisoner, identified as Farhad Esmaeili, were returned to their wards. Sources have reported that they remain under imminent danger of execution.

Another member of the Bagherzadeh family (Isa Bagherzadeh, another brother) was hanged five months ago.