Forty Death Sentences for Citizens Charged with Drug Trafficking

HRANA News Agency – The Chief Justice of Ardabil Province has announced that about forty citizens charged with drug trafficking have received the death penalty in this province.

According to a report by Mehr News Agency, on Saturday afternoon, July 2, 2011, while visiting with a group of citizens form Ardabil Province, Gholam Ali Rezai emphasized, “A number of verdicts issued by courts are currently going through the legal process, and the sentences will be carried out before long.”

Pointing out that the people of Ardabil Province will soon witness the execution of Iran’s national enemies of religion, morality, identity and beliefs, the Chief Justice of Ardabil Province added, “The Judiciary Branch will address the concerns of families regarding illegal drugs by hanging the dealers of death.”


140 Individuals Hanged in South Khorasan Province

HRANA News Agency – has announced that last year, one hundred forty individual charged with drug trafficking were executed in this province.

 According to a report by Mehr News Agency (HRANA), on Saturday morning, June 25, 2011, during a ceremony to recognize and award outstanding staff members of South Khorasan Judiciary, Mohammad Bagher Bagheri said, “The Revolutionary Court deals swiftly and decisively with criminals and drug traffickers.”

Announcing that 38,000 cases were handled throughout the province last year, Mohammad Bagher Bagheri added, “This significant phenomenon is an indicator of comprehensive actions, plans and management spear headed by the judicial officials in South Khorasan.”

Pointing out the importance of the administrative role the Judiciary Branch plays, Hojatoleslam Baheri said, “This branch of government will also punish rapists with total decisiveness in the shortest amount of time.”


Five Mass Executions in Vakil Abad Prison Confirmed

HRANA News Agency – While confirming five mass hangings of prisoners in Vakil Abad Prison, the public and revolutionary prosecutor in the city of Mashhad said, “The media exaggerates the execution of citizens accused of drug trafficking.”

According to a report by the Iranian Students News Agency (ISANA), in an attempt to justify recent mass executions, Mahmoud Zoghi said, “Foreign and counter-revolutionary news agencies are making a big deal about this issue.It must be noted that Razavi Khorasan Province and the city of Mashhad border Afghanistan from where illegal drugs enter the country.”

Mahmoud Zoghi added, “Currently, Razavi Khorasan Province and the city of Mashhad have the worst drug-related crimes throughout the country.In some cases, drugs are even imported into Mashhad from other parts of Iran.”

Furthermore, the public and revolutionary prosecutor explained, “According to drug trafficking laws, the punishment for the transportation, possession and trading of more than 30 grams of heroin is the death sentence.Since the largest amount of heroin is imported into the Razavi Khorasan Province, naturally, the highest number of executions will take place here.”

Confirming that five mass executions have occurred this year, Mahmoud Zoghi added, “A lot of our drug trafficking cases are related to crimes involving more than 10 kilograms of heroin.”

While mentioning the names of various individuals who have been hanged for drug trafficking, Mahmoud Zoghi said, “Considering the number of cases we have had, these many hangings are proportionally adequate.Foreign media is exaggerating the issue for no reason.”


Thirteen Were Executed in a Month for Rape

HRANA News Agency – The Statistics, Publications and Achievements Division of Human Rights Activists in Iran has reported that thirteen prisoners accused of rape have been executed in various cities throughout Iran during the last thirty days.According to the policy set forth by Iran’s Judiciary Branch, twelve of these individuals were hanged in public in order to set examples and frighten the masses.

These executions have been happening while in recent days, the news of gang-rapes in Esfahan and Kashmar has caused increasingly sharp criticism of the Judiciary System that has failed to assist the victims who called the emergency services for help.

According to the report released by the Statistics, Publications and Achievements Division of Human Rights Activists in Iran, nine prisoners were also hanged in different cities throughout Iran from mid April to mid May.

It seems as if punishing the perpetrators of rape violently has produced reverse effects in dealing with this harmful social phenomenon such that the spokesman for Iran’s Judiciary Branch has indirectly pointed out that there are tens of rapes cases only in the city of Kashmar.


Two Prisoners in Nishapur Hanged in Public

HRANA News Agency – On Thursday morning, May 9, 2011, two prisoners were hanged in public in the city of Nishapur, [Khorasan Province.]

In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Mahmoud Rafsanjani, the Chief Justice of Nishapur, identified the prisoners “Mohammad M.” and “Mokhtar A.”While Mahmoud Rafsanjani didn’t disclose the prisoners’ ages, he further explained that they were charged with raping a woman.

On Wednesday, May 8, 2011, another prison in the city of Kerman was also executed.


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Two Hanged in Tehran and Salmas

HRANA News Agency – On May 23, 2011, An Azeri citizen in Salmas Prison [West Azerbaijan Province] and an Afghani in Evin Prison were hanged.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Abdullah Jaber and Mohammad Kosha were hanged on May 23, 2011.Judicial authorities announced that these prisoners were charged with drug trafficking.

Jame Jam Newspaper has reported that a citizen of Afghanistan was hanged on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Evin Prison on charges of killing his wife.Additionally, a Blauchi prisoner was executed in Evin Prison.

Adding these executions to this month’s total, two individuals have been hanged every twenty four hours during this month.

Four Prisoners Hanged in Kerman

HRANA News Agency – Four prisoners convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in Kerman’s central prison after their death sentences were confirmed by Iran’s Attorney General.

According to the justice court in Kerman Province, one prisoner was convicted of possessing 980 grams of heroin and 28 grams of opium, and two other individuals were guilty of trafficking 137 kilos and 200 grams of opium.The fourth prisoner was convicted of transporting and possessing 26 kilos and 257 grams of heroin, 55 kilos of morphine and 39 grams of opium.

Iranian judicial authorities declined requests for amnesty or pardon and didn’t commute prisoners’ sentences.


Four Individuals from Shiraz Hanged in Public


HRANA News Agency – Following multiple death sentences issued by court, four criminals were hanged in public on Thursday, May 26, 2011, at two different locations in the city of Shiraz.


According to a report by the Islamic Republic news Agency (IRNA), Hamid Ranjbar Islam Lu and Hamid Reza Baqeri Dahkare were hanged in Kozegari Square in Shiraz.  Leaflets distributed during the event indicated that these two individuals participated in armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, intentional damage to property, drinking alcohol, assult and illicit relationships.


Additionally, Masoud Dehqan and Mehdi Alipour who were charged with rape were hanged in the town of Golestan in Shiraz.


A Prisoner Hanged in Behbahan

HRANA News Agency – Early Monday morning, May 23, 2011, a citizen was hanged in Behbahan prison (Khuzestan Province).


According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), this prisoner has been identified as the thirty year old Saeid S., charged with trafficking narcotics and transporting 80 kilograms of opium.  The death sentence was confirmed by Iran’s Attorney General.


Three Were Hanged at Central Prison in Urmia

HRANA News Agency – Early this morning, Sunday, May 22, 2011, three inmates were hanged on prison grounds in the city of Urmia, [West Azerbaijan Province], by the order of judicial authorities.


According to a report by Mukrian News Agency, two of the inmates were from Shiraz, and the other one was from Urmia.  All three individuals were charged with and convicted of drug-related crimes.


Yesterday, these three inmates were transferred to the Quarantine Ward in preparation to carry out the execution orders.