HRANA News Agency – The second branch of Fars Province Criminal Court has sentenced a man named Ardalan to death for the murder of a woman called Mahboubeh.
According to a report by Iranian state newspaper [owned by IRNA], Ardalan was charged with killing his sister-in-law and confessed to his crime during the trial.
In the same article, Ardalan has been quoted to say, “I worked in my brother-in-law’s firm, but because of financial problems, I had to steal from the company. I was fired when they found out about it. My life was ruined as a result. While I was embarrassed in front of my wife and children, my brother-in-law and his family lived in luxury. So I decide to take revenge from him. On the day of the incident, I managed to find an ax and went to his house. When I arrived, Mahboubeh greeted me warmly. However, when I had the opportunity, I took the ax which was hidden in my clothes and hit Mahboubeh a few times over her head. Watching this scene, her two children were terrified and crying. While I was confused and didn’t know what to do, I approached them and hit them with a few blows too. Afterwards, assuming that they are all dead, I took my sister-in-law’s bracelets and escaped.”
It has been reported that the next of kin has also requested retribution.
HRANA News Agency – At dawn this morning, Saturday, May 14, 2011, two individuals who were previously sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court were hanged in Qazvin’s central prison.
According to a report by the Islamic Republic news Agency (IRNA), in regards to today’s executions, Qazvin’s Prosecutor Ismail Sadeghi Niarki said, “Two individuals, ‘H. M.’ 40 years old and ‘R. H.’ 38 years old were hanged for drug trafficking. ‘H. M.’ was a resident of Tabriz living in the city of Maynavard.”
Ismail Sadeghi Niarki added, “According to the new judicial policies of Qazvin Province to effectively deal with drug offenders, in 2010, we have seen an increase of 128% in drug related arrests compared to 2009. With the implementation of these policies and stricter drug laws, we have arrested 50 offenders connected to drug networks buying, selling and distrusting illegal substances in Qazvin Province. Amongst them, there are 40 individuals who have committed serious crimes and received harsher punishments.”
HRANA News Agency – On the morning of May 12, 2011, four individuals were hanged in the city of Yazd, [the capital of Yazd Province].
Yazd Province’s judiciary public relations announced that on Thursday, May 12, 2011, three execution sentences were carried out in public in front of Yazd’s central prison, and another person was hanged inside the same prison in the presence of judicial officials.
According to this announcement, the four individuals were arrested in 2009 and 2010 in Meybod, Tabas and Yazd counties on charges of rape and were sentenced to death by Yazd Province’s criminal court.
Meanwhile, no independent sources have confirmed the charges against these individuals whose identities remain unknown. It has been said that the rulings were confirmed by the Supreme Court, and their appeals were rejected by Yazd Province’s Pardon and Amnesty Commission. The head of judiciary ultimately confirmed the sentences.
HRANA News Agency – On Thursday, May 12, 2011, four citizens were hanged in prison in the city of Kerman [Kerman Province]. The Judiciary officials in Kerman Province have released the identity of the prisoners to be “A. A,” “N. B,” “N. D” and “A. B.”
These four individuals were charged with trafficking heroin and crack and carrying 20 thousand vials of Norgesic syringes and were subsequently sentenced to death by the Revolutionary court in Kerman. Reports indicate that requests to pardon or reduced their sentences were rejected by the authorities.
HRANA News Agency – This morning, Tuesday May 10, 2011, three citizens were handed in Miandoab Prison, [West Azerbaijan Province].
Miandoab’s judiciary chief, Mostafa Habibi, in an interview with IRNA confirmed the execution of three prisoners and said, “One of these individuals was from Miandoab and the other two from Urmia County [West Azerbaijan Province]. They were arrested in Miandoab and sent to prison there.”
Mostafa Habibi added, “These individuals were hanged after the death sentences were issued by Miandoab’s judiciary and the ruling was upheld by the Supreme Court.”
These three prisoners were charged with drug trafficking although the charges have not been verified by an independent source.
Yesterday, five other prisoners were executed in the central prison in Urmia County [West Azerbaijan Province]. According to reporters of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Aref Rashidpur from the village of Mavaneh and Esfandiar Manda from the village of Haghi in Urmia County [West Azerbaijan Province] were two of the prisoners who were hanged.
HRANA News Agency – The Campaign to Save Farzad Kamangar was initially formed as a collaborating effort amongst the Human Rights Activists in Iran, his family and his attorney. For a few years, this Campaign served as the coordinating body to organize protests and efforts to save the life of an erudite teacher. After Farzad’s unjust execution, the Campaign was redefined and transformed into a memorial tribute to his everlasting legacy.
Now, at the onset of the first anniversary of an execution that ended the life of a righteous teacher, a group consisting of Farzad Kamangar’s family members and human rights activists and organizations has assumed the responsibility to bring together programs planned for this day.
Everyone wishing to collaborate with and contribute to this Campaign may contact us by sending an email to [email protected] or visit the web site dedicated to Farzad Kamangar’s legacy at farzadkamangar.org.
HRANA News Agency- The following is a brief biography and summery of Habibullah Latifi’s case; Habib Latifi is a political prisoner sentenced to death and held in Sanandaj prison. His brief biography told by his relatives and edited by Kurdistan Committee for Human Rights Activists in Iran this brief provided to inform the general public of his case.
HRANA- Poltical prisoner Javad Lari, 55, was sentenced to death by Judge Salavati of the 15th Branch of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on charges of being a “mohareb” or waging war against God and “corruption on earth”.
According to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters in Iran, this political prisoner was first charged with “acting against the security of the nation”. A charge later changed by the judge to “mohareb” and sentenced to death without the possibility of amnesty.
HRANA- Three people were executed by hanging this morning in the province of Khouzestan under the pretext of “drug trafficking”.
HRANA has learned that two of the individuals were executed in the town of Dezful and one individual was executed in the town of Behbahan.
The two individuals from Dezful were sentenced by the provincial court in Khouzestan and their sentence was reaffirmed by the revolutionary court in the province. Their sentence was carried out in Dezful Prison. The third individual from Behbahan was first sentenced in the revolutionary court located in Mahshahr and his sentence was later reaffirmed by Iran’s Supreme Court.
HRANA- An appeals court has upheld the death sentence handed down to Jafar Kazemi. His sentence was confirmed by the 36th Branch of the court of appeals presided over by Hojatoleslam Zargari.
His lawyer Ms. Ghanavi told a human rights website that her client has spent long periods of time in solitary confinement.
Jafar Kazemi, a lithograph for textbooks and pamphlets for Amir Kabir University was arrested on September 18, 2009 in Haft e Tir Square and transferred to the solitary ward in section 209 for seventy four days before being transferred to ward 350 of Evin Prison. Prior to this he had been imprisoned between1981 and 1989.