Iran: Concern over possible risk of execution for 10 Sunni prisoners

Feb. 4, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHR); February 4, 2019: In an unusual event, 10 death-row Salafi prisoners were transferred to Rajai Shahr solitary confinement this morning. Executions are usually carried out on Wednesday in Rajai Shahr, and prisoners are transferred to solitary confinement a couple of days prior to that. Therefore, the Salafi prisoners might be at risk of execution.

According to IHR sources, Special Units forces raid into Rajai Shahr prison and transferred 10 death-row Salafi prisoners to the solitary confinement. “They were Special Unit forces, not the usual prison guards,” a source in the prison told IHR, “We have been told that they are going to be executed on Wednesday.”

Of note, tens of prisoners are held in Ward 7 of Rajai Shahr prison who are sentenced to death or long-term imprisonment for the charge of “cooperating with Salafi groups.” Most of them are from Iranian western provinces.

At least one of the death-row prisoners, Barzan Nasrollahzadeh, was under 18 years old at the time of arrest.