11 Sunni prisoners at risk of imminent execution

HRANA News Agency – Eleven Sunni prisoners were transferred to the Implementation of Sentences section in Rajai Shahr prison on 5 November 2014 and interrogated by prison officials, leading to concerns that the men could face execution soon.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the eleven men, whose death sentences have been confirmed by the Supreme Court, had been sentenced to death after being convicted of ‘Moharabeh [enmity against God] through the support of Salafi groups’.

The men, as well as their families, have repeatedly denied the charges, and say they were arrested and sentenced to death for spreading Sunni beliefs within the Shia-dominated Iran.

According to one of the transferred prisoners, who can not be named due to security reasons, the eleven men were questioned about topics including whether they were insured, if they had rented a house, how many family members they had provided for, whether they were married, and whether they had children.

Eyewitnesses reported that Mr Zare, the head of the section for the Implementation of Sentences, mockingly told the eleven men : “We want to know which of your families would be made the most miserable if we execute you.”

Only four of the eleven transferred men have been identified: Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molayee, Jamshed Dehghani and Jahangir Dehghani.

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