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A Prisoner Executed in Karaj Before the End of Due Process

Posted on: 4th March, 2017
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HRANA News Agency – Hadi Moghaddam, a drug offender in central prison in Karaj, was executed before the end of the hearing in a vague judicial process. According to his wife, the drug was much less than that amount which has been recorded after the execution, by the secretariat of the court. On the other hand, the case was pending in the Supreme Court, and the death penalty confirmation had not been communicated to the prisoner.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Hadi Moghaddam, 31, married and father of one, who had been held in central prison in Karaj since 5 years ago, on charge of carrying 1 kg of chemical drugs was hanged, on January 3, 2017.

His wife in an exclusive interview with HRANA’s reporter said: “In my husband’s case, the discovered drug was recorded as 416. On the other hand, the confirmation of the death sentence was not communicated to him. Supreme Court has told that less than half a kilo was not punishable with death. I wonder how my husband has been executed with this amount of drugs. They need to answer me. How did they execute him?”

She continued to talk about the different entities which she had attended regarding this violations of the death penalty, and said: “I got letters from the Leadership Palace, from Mr. Larijani, and from Martyr’s Foundation, because I am from martyrs’ families and I attached them to the case to get one degree discount on my husband’s case. Even, the letters had been approved by the prosecutor and he asked for returning the case, and before the case would return, my husband was given the sentence ‘validity order’.”

Mrs. Moghadam emphasized at the end: “My husband had been held in prison since 5 years ago, and we both knew that the drug was less than half a kilo, we were confident that it was less than half a kilo. However, apparently during the interrogation he was forced, with someone else’s hand writing, and they made him to accept and sign that it was 5 kg. The case was still pending when Hadi was suddenly taken to the Suite [solitary confinement], and then within a day, they gave us a visit and the sentence was carried out.”

“I am still in shock! His case should have been sent to Amnesty and Clemency Commission, twice. I went to Supreme Court after the execution, and they did not let us go in, and just the names were struck on the board. I asked them why they executed my husband with that amount of drug. The maximum punishment for him was life time imprisonment. Now, my child must grow up without a father. I am asking you to be my voice to reach somewhere, that at least the rest of the prisoners would be rescued from this kind of things, they also have wives and children.”

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