Iran Human Rights (Jun 18, 2018): Reports suggest that after the execution of Mohammad Salas, five other prisoners who were sentenced to death on murder charges were also hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison today. One of the prisoners was charged with the murder of an eight-month-old child named Benita.
According to a close source, on the morning of Monday, June 18, six prisoners, including Mohammad Salas, were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison.
According to the official news agency of the Judiciary, Mizan, one of the prisoners who was executed today was charged with the murder of an eight-month-old child named Benita Qal’enoiy during a car theft.
The state-run news agency, Javan, reported, “The defendant, Mohammad Vafaei, stole a car that belonged to Benita Qal’enoiy’s father while the eight-month-old baby was in the back seat. Ultimately, he leaves the car in the street with the baby in it and it results in the baby’s death due to high temperature and lack of oxygen.”
The defendant said that he went to the police reported the incident a few hours later “but they didn’t pay any attention.”
Although the statements of the defendant were denied by the police spokesman, Tehran’s prosecutor confirmed that the police were informed about the location of the car carrying Benita and they “should have” found the car “earlier”.
A close source told IHR that the executions of Mohammad Vafaei and four other prisoners who were charged with murder were carried out an hour after Mohammad Salas’ execution. The four other prisoners have not been identified so far and the state-run media have not announced their execution. IHR is investigating about their identities.
According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.