Four Inmates Executed in Arak Prison

On Sunday morning, March 27, 2022, four inmates convicted previously of drug-related crimes were executed in Arak Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Sunday morning, March 27, 2022, four inmates of Arak Prison identified as Feizollah Nourollahi, Ahmad Nouri, Hamid Goodarzian and Mohammad Najari were executed.

All the executed inmates had been convicted of drug-related crimes.

None of the executions has been reported by official sources and media outlets inside Iran so far.

The most recent report from the Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) states that between January 1 of 2021 and December 20 of 2021, at least 299 citizens, including four juvenile offenders, were executed. In addition, 85 citizens were sentenced to death in this period.

As the report points out, Iran’s judicial authorities do not publicly announce over 88% of executions. These unreported executions are known as “secret executions” by human rights organizations.

Mohammad Najafi and Abbas Safari Arrested to Serve Their Sentences

Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) – On the morning of October 28, 2018, attorney and human rights activist Mohammad Najafi and civil activist Abbas Safari were arrested and transferred to Arak Prison to serve their sentences the same evening.

Both men were previously detained along with nine others for participating in the January protests in Shazand County. Judge Mohammad Reza Abdollahi of Arak Criminal Court No. 2, Branch 102 sentenced both Najafi and Safari to three years in prison and 74 lashings for “publishing lies with intent to disrupt the public mind” and “disturbing the public peace.” The sentences were upheld in branch one of Markazi province Appeals Court.

Najafi got wind of his new “publishing lies” accusation via a writ he received October 13th from branch 1 of Shazand Investigation and Prosecutions office, where he was interrogated and ultimately charged for it.

Both Najafi and Safari have additional charges pending investigation in the Revolutionary Court of Arak.

Najafi was previously detained for inquiring into the death of civilian Vahid Heydari, who died in Police Detention Center No. 12 amid the January protests. Najafi challenged Iranian judicial authorities who had claimed Heydari was a drug dealer that committed suicide while in custody. Najafi’s interviews with Heydari’s loved ones suggest that Heydari was a street peddler with no criminal record, whose autopsy report showed none of the typical markers of suicide, but did indicate head injuries consistent with blunt-force trauma.

Tehran MP Mahmoud Sadeghi accused security authorities of fabricating the grounds for Najafi’s case, arguing that Najafi had simply proven that Heydari was not a drug dealer.

Safari, age 41, married, unemployed, is a resident of Shazand County who until his arrest on Sunday had been free on bail.

Arak and Shazand are located in Markazi Province, south of Tehran.

2 Prisoners Executed in Arak Prison

HRANA News Agency – On January 26, 2017, two prisoners with drug related charges were hanged in Arak prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), two drug offenders were hanged in Arak prison in Markazi province on January 26, 2017. Continue reading “2 Prisoners Executed in Arak Prison”

4 prisoners are hanged in Arak

HRANA News Agency – The chief of Markazi province’s justice said 4 prisoners have been hanged in Arak on charge of drug trafficking.

According to a report by Fars, Hekmat Ali Mozaffari said to the journalists: “To prevent drug trafficking, we hanged 4 people who were charged with this, today morning.” Continue reading “4 prisoners are hanged in Arak”