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Iran: Four Prisoners Hanged on Drug Charges

18 Feb 17
Iran: Four Prisoners Hanged on Drug Charges

Iran Human Rights (FEB 18 2017): On Wednesday February 15, four prisoners were reportedly hanged in three different Iranian prisons on drug related charges.

Prisoner Executed in Minab (Hormozgan province, southern Iran)

According to close sources, a prisoner identified as Abdolhakim Kuhkan was executed at Minab Central Prison on drug related charges. Mr. Kuhkan was reportedly sentenced to death on the charge of trafficking two kilograms and 200 grams of heroin. This prisoner was reportedly transferred from his prison cell to solitary confinement on Monday in preparation for his execution.

Two Prisoners Executed in Semnan (Semnan province, northern Iran)

According to the human rights news agency, HRANA, two prisoners were hanged at Semnan Central Prison on drug related charges. One of the prisoners has been identified as Javad Avakhtizadeh, while the identity of the other prisoner is not known at this time. Information about the drug charges issued to these two prisoners is not known at this time.

Prisoner Executed in Zahedan (Sistan & Baluchestan province, eastern Iran)

According to the human rights news agency, Baloch Activists Campaign, a prisoner identified as Mostafa Abadi was hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on drug related charges. Mr. Abadi was reportedly held in prison for nine years before his execution. The report says two unidentified prisoners were also scheduled to be executed, but their death sentences were postponed for unknown reasons.

Iranian Authorities Are Silent

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have not announced any of these executions.