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Iran: Three Prisoners Hanged in Qom

19 Aug 17
Iran: Three Prisoners Hanged in Qom

Three prisoners who were charged with murder 21 years ago were reportedly hanged at Qom Central Prison last week. 

Iran Human Rights (AUG 19 2017): Three prisoners were reportedly hanged at Qom Central Prison on murder charges. The case files for these prisoners were reportedly opened about 21 years ago. 

According to a report by the human rights news agency, HRANA, the Iranian authorities carried out the three executions on the morning of Tuesday August 15. The report identifies the prisoners as Mahmoud Arab Khorasani (pictured below), Mehdi Kaseb, and Mohammad Taghi Dehparvar. The prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday August 13 in preparation for their executions. 

"These three prisoners were sentenced to death about 21 years ago based on the Judge's opinion rather than actual documented evidence," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights. "21 years ago, two of the prisoners had their death sentences commuted to lashings and a three-year prison term each. However, they were tried again and sentenced to death." 

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the state-run media, have not announced these three executions.