Iran Human Rights (MAY 25 2016): According to Iran Human Rights (IHR) sources, 17 prisoners were executed in two different prisons in the city of Karaj (west of Tehran) on May 24 and 25.
IHR had previously reported about the scheduled execution of two groups of prisoners in Karaj. Six prisoners were transferred on Sunday May 22 from Karaj Central Prison and at least eight were transferred from Rajai Shahr on Tuesday May 24 in preparation for their execution.
According to close sources, the six prisoners from Karaj Central Prison were hanged in Gehzelhesar Prison (also in Karaj) on the morning of Tuesday May 24. All the prisoners were charged with drug offenses.
Sources have also reported about the execution of 11 prisoners in Karaj's Rajai Shahr Prison early morning May 25. Ten of the prisoners were charged with murder and one was sentenced to death for rape. One of the prisoners, identified as "Mehdi Rajaei", was reportedly under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged offense. IHR is currently investigating to find more details regarding whether Mehdi Rajai was a minor offender.
IHR strongly condemns the new wave of executions in Iranian prisons. About 60 people have been executed in Iranian prisons since the beginning of May 2016. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson for IHR, said: "Despite the alarming rate of executions, the international community has not shown any reaction yet. We urge the UN, EU and all countries with diplomatic relations with Iran to condemn these executions and call for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty in Iran".