Sunni Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike in Rajai Shahr Prison

Posted on: 2nd August, 2016
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Abdolrahman Sangani Rajai-Shahr Prison in Karaj, Tehran, Iran

HRANA News Agency – The Sunni prisoners of hall 7 of ward 21 of Rajai Shahr prison have gone on hunger strike in protest at mass-execution of Sunni prisoners which occurred today morning.

The situation in Rajai Shahr Prison is very tense.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the Sunni prisoners of hall 7 of ward 21 of Rajai Shahr Prison have gone on hunger strike “to protest at executing their friends and expressing their condolences to the families of the executed prisoners.”

The prisoners in this hall are mainly Sunni prisoners who have been sentenced to imprisonments. At least 36 death row Sunni prisoners have been transferred to an unknown location since last night.

The Prosecutor of Kurdistan province confirmed the execution of Sunni prisoners in a statement which was published today.

The Intelligence Ministry had told the families of these prisoners to go to Kahrizak forensics to receive the corpses.

According to the latest reports received by HRANA, ward 10 of Rajai Shahr Prison is totally empty of prisoners. Unofficial statistics indicate the execution of between 11 to 29 prisoners, however HRANA has not been able to confirm the exact number yet.

The cases of at least 7 of these prisoners are still in the primary stage and their sentences cannot be executed before the end of trial procedures.

Kave Veisi, Behrouz Shahnazari, Taleb Maleki, Shahram Ahmadi, Kave Sharifi, Arash Sharifi, Varya Ghaderifard, Keyvan Momenifard, Barzan Nasrollahzade, Alem Barmashti, Pourya Mohammadi, Ahmad Nasiri, Edris Nemati, Farzad Honarju, Seyed Shahu Ebrahimi, Mohammad Yavar Rahimi, Bahman Rahimi, Mokhtar Rahimi, Mohammad Gharibi, Farshid Naseri, Mohammad Keyvan Karimi, Amjad Salehi, Omid Peyvand, Ali Mojahedi, Hekmat Sharifi, Omar Abdollahi, Omid Mahmudi, Abdolrahman Sangani and Seyed Jamal Seyed Musavi are the 29 Sunni prisoners whose sentences have been sent to the executive branch.

The other 7 prisoners whose cases are still in the primary stage are: Ghasem Abeste, Davud Abdollahi, Kamran Sheykhe, Khosro Besharat, Ayub Karimi, Anvar Khezri and Farhad Salimi.

Kave Sharifi, one of the death row prisoners had been taken to the hospital after suffering a heart attack but was transferred back to the quarantine of the prison and then to the solitary confinement.

The families of 21 prisoners were summoned to the prison last night to have the last visit with their loves ones.

The yard of the ward had been closed since yesterday morning.

These prisoners were handcuffed, shackled, blindfolded and transferred to an unknown location after an unexampled raid of the prison guards to ward 10 of Rajai Shahr Prison.

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