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200 Death Row Prisoners Waiting to be Executed in Hormozgan (Southern Iran)- 14 Unannounced Executions in Hormozgan Prisons

19 Jun 13
200 Death Row Prisoners Waiting to be Executed in Hormozgan (Southern Iran)- 14 Unannounced Executions in Hormozgan Prisons

Iran Human Rights, June 19: According to Ali Olya, head of the Judiciary in Hormozgan (southern Iran), about 200 death row prisoners are waiting for implementation of the death sentence in the province of Hormozgan.

Ali Olya, who was speaking to the journalists yesterday, said: "14 of the 297 death row prisoners in Hormozgan were executed last year (Iranian Calendar: 21. March 2012 to 20. March 2013), and about 200 death row prisoners are waiting to be executed". "Most of these prisoners are convicted of drug related charges or murder" he said.

None of the 14 executions in Hormozgan have been announced by the official sources.

According to Iran Human Rights (IHR)

php?article2740" class='spip_in'>annual report on the death penalty in Iran there were 286 un-announced or secret executions in 2012 in 15 different prisons in Iran. However, prisons of Hormozgan were not among the prisons where IHR has managed to confirm reported executions. This indicates that un-announced and secret executions are more widespread and the numbers are much higher than what the human rights organizations report.