HRANA News Agency – The death penalty for drug-related charges of at least two prisoners were executed in the central prison of Urmia.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRAN), in the early hours of March 4, 2017, at least two prisoners with drug-related allegations from ward 15 of Urmia prison were hanged.
The identities of the two men which have been authenticated by HRANA are as follows:
Naji Payam, from Mavana village in Urmia
Eshghali, nick name; Ashkan, from Baloo village in Urmia
This news agency had previously reported these two prisoners had been transferred to solitary confinement for execution, however, it has been said that another prisoner, unidentified, resident of “one of the villages in West Azerbaijan” has also been hanged along with these prisoners, but this news agency has not been able to confirm it, yet.
A source close to the families of those executed criticized the judiciary and prison authorities, and told HRANA’s reporter: “In Urmia Prison inmates are usually executed at 2 am. The bodies of the prisoners are left in front of the mosque instead of morgue, until morning, and that, as a form of disrespect.”