Three Inmates Executed in Isfahan Prison and Adel-Abad Prison in Shiraz

On December 12, an inmate previously convicted of drug-related crimes was executed in Isfahan Prison. He had been transferred to a solitary confinement cell one day before the execution. Additionally, in Adel-Abad Prison in Shiraz, two inmates were executed for committing murder.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, the inmate was identified as 33 year old Abdolsalam Barahooi, a resident of Zahedan City. While his wife was permitted a final visit, the rest of his family was denied the opportunity.

In 2018, Barahooi was arrested for carrying drugs in Isfahan and thereafter sentenced to death.

Moreover, Iran Human Rights reported the execution of two inmates identified as Bakhtiar Sarmadi and Hossein Heydarzadeh in Adel-Abad Prison in Shiraz City.

Sarmadi and Heydarzadeh were charged with killing a man five years ago. Their case had three defendants, and the third defendant was sentenced to 12 years in prison for aiding and abetting the murder.

None of the official sources and media outlets inside the country have reported this execution at the time of writing.

The most recent report from the Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) states that between October 8 of 2020 and October 9 of 2021, at least 266 citizens, three of whom were juvenile offenders, were executed and 90 citizens were sentenced to death.

As the report points out, Iran’s judicial authorities do not publicly announce over 82% of executions. These unreported executions are known as “secret executions” by human rights organizations.

Supreme Court Upholds “Qassameh” Death Sentence for Juvenile Offender

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – The Iranian Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for Saleh Shariati, a prisoner in Adel Abad of Shiraz who was convicted of murder as a minor via “Qassameh,” one of Islamic Penal Code’s most tenuous methods of establishing guilt.

In the absence of sufficient evidence, a judge strongly persuaded of the defendant’s guilt can rule for conviction by Qassameh if enough of the victim’s male family members indict the defendant under oath. In Shariati’s case, 57 of the victim’s male family members — none of whom are legally required to have witnessed the crime — sealed his fate with their sworn testimonies.

Authorities reportedly extracted a confession from Shariati under the duress of torture. The Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, a US-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting human rights in Iran, recently published audio of a man identified as Shariati speaking on tape. The man’s voice can be heard recalling five years’ worth of forcibly extracted confessions.

“Had I committed a crime, I wouldn’t have stayed at the same address […],” Shariati’s recording continued. “I would have fled… I’ve been in limbo for five years now. Every day they have a different reason. It’s become unbearable. I’m thinking of harming myself [while I still have the chance].”

Initially barred from seeing his detained son, Shariati’s father believed he had been tortured when, visiting him in prison for the first time, he caught sight of suspect wounds on his son’s body.

The alleged murder took place in 2012 when the body of Rasoul Bahramnian was found at the bottom of a well whose entrance was left unsecured. Shariati, then 16, was the last known person to see Bahramian alive and alleged that he had fallen into the well. Authorities zeroed in on him as a murder suspect sixteen months later.

A Prisoner Hanged in Adel Abad Prison of Shiraz

HRANA News Agency – At the presence of victim’s family, the execution of a prisoner charged with murder and robbery was conducted in Adel Abad prison in Shiraz.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Hamid Moeini was executed on charge of murder in Adel Abad prison in Shiraz at dawn on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Continue reading “A Prisoner Hanged in Adel Abad Prison of Shiraz”