At least Eight Prisoners Were Executed in Karaj

Posted on: September 28th, 2019

In the morning of September 25, at least eight prisoners who were sentenced to death earlier, were executed in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj. Few days earlier, these prisoners alongside few others were transferred to solidarity confinement cells in Rajai Shahr prison to get prepared for execution for drug-related or murder felonies. 29-year old Davoud Samkar and 33-year old Mostafa Bakhti who were sentenced to death on the charge of murder were executed alongside six other prisoners. They were transferred to solidarity confinement with Ali Daravari (Delavari) and Mojtaba Soleimani. Daravari was returned to his ward after getting more time from victim’s next of kin. The status of Mojtaba Soleimani, the prisoner of the ward 7 of Rajai Shahr prison, is still unknown. According to Iran Human Rights (IHR), four prisoners who were transferred from Ghezel Hesar Prison to Rjai Shahr Prison on September 23, 2019, were executed on September 25. Their names are still unknown.

The news of these executions has not been published by the Iranian media yet.

According to the international organizations, Iran ranks first in the world in executions per capita. Based on 256 reports that have been registered by the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists Association in Iran, 195 death sentences and 236 people with death sentences were executed (including 13 executions in public) in Iran between January 1, 2018 and December 20, 2018. Six of them were juvenile offenders who were under the age of 18 at the time of committing the crime. Secret executions of prisoners reported by the independent sources and the human rights association indicate that 72% of executions are carried out in secret or without any public notice.

Mojtaba Bakhti was among the prisoners who were executed.

Eight Prisoners Executed in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj

Posted on: August 30th, 2019

In the morning of August 28, at least eight prisoners who were sentenced to death earlier, were executed in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj. On August 27, 2019, these prisoners alongside few others were transferred to solidarity confinement cells in Rajai Shahr prison to get prepared for execution for drug-related felony or murder felonies. They were identified as the following:

Alireza Behrad, Manouchehr Dehghani, Ebrahim Yarmout Oghli, Ahmad Ghare Balaei, Siavash Inanlou, and Reza Mousavi Baraghani who were prisoners of Rajai Shahr prison and were sentenced to death on the charge of murder. In addition, prisoners of Ghezel Hesar prison in Karaj, Mahmoud Mirzai and his cousin, who were charged with “armed battery and drug trafficking” for possessing 22 kilograms of Morphine were executed.

Several other prisoners on the death row such as Mohsen Rezaeian and Alireza Aryai, who were sentenced to death earlier on the charge of murder, were returned to their wards by getting consent from the victim’s next of kin or been given more time. The status of Ali Gharaghaloui, the prisoner of ward 10 of Rajai Shahr prison, who was also transferred to the solidarity confinement cell is still unknown. The news of these executions has not been published by the Iranian media yet.

According to the international organizations, Iran ranks first in the world in executions per capita. Based on 256 reports that have been registered by the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists Association in Iran, 195 death sentences and 236 people with death sentences were executed (including 13 executions in public) in Iran between January 1, 2018 and December 20, 2018. Six of them were juvenile offenders who were under the age of 18 at the time of committing the crime. Secret executions of prisoners reported by the independent sources and the human rights association indicate that 72% of executions are carried out in secret or without any public notice.

Number of Executed Prisoners in Rajai Shahr Prison Rose to 11

Posted on: October 4th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – By revealing the fate of the other two prisoners who were transferred to solitary confinements and verification of their death sentences, the number of executed prisoners on September 28 in Karaj rose to 11. Accordingly, the three others prisoners of 14 prisoners who had been transferred to solitary confinements returned to their wards by the deadline or consent of the next of kin.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), by the approval of the execution of two other prisoners, the number of executed prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj rose to 11. (more…)

At Least 9 Prisoners Executed in Rajai Shahr Prison

Posted on: October 3rd, 2016

HRANA News Agency – 9 prisoners with drug smuggling, armed robbery, and homicide charges were hanged in Rajaei Shahr prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on September 28, 5 prisoners with homicide, two others with drugs, and two with armed robbery charges were executed in Rajaei Shahr prison of Karaj. (more…)

A Prisoner Committed Suicide in Ghezel Hesar Prison

Posted on: September 20th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – Due to the stress and psychological pressure, Hadi Haj Mohammadi, prisoner of unit 2 of Ghezel Hesar prison committed suicide and died in Loghman hospital.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Hadi Haj Mohammadi son of Abdolfatah, committed suicide and died in Loghman hospital on the night of September 11. (more…)

Additional Information on the Latest Executions in Ghezel Hesar Prison

Posted on: July 29th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – 11 death row prisoners who had been transferred from different prisons to solitary confinements in Ghezelhesar prison were executed by hanging on July 17. Two of them were executed in public and 9 of these prisoners were executed in Ghezelhesar prison. 7 of them have been identified by HRANA so far.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), 11 prisoners from different prisons including 4 from Central Prison of Karaj, 4 from Great Prison of Tehran, 1 from Ghezelhesar prison, 1 from Rajaei Shahr and one female prison from an unknown location had been transferred to solitary confinements of Ghezelhesar prison for execution. (more…)

11 Prisoners Executed in Ghezel Hesar Prison

Posted on: July 29th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – Death sentences of at least 11 prisoners from various prisons who had been transferred to the solitary confinements of Gezelhesar Prison were executed. One of those prisoners was a woman. HRANA has been able to obtain the identities of two of them so far. Two of the detainees were executed separately in the public.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), 9 prisoners were executed in Ghezelhesar prison and two were hanged in public. (more…)

An Interview with the Mother of a Death Row Prisoner

Posted on: March 8th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – “I am ready to give my life to stop the execution”, this sentence was repeated during the interview many times. “I got 10 years older during past three years, his sister is suffering from depression, everything in life has changed, if my son had died in Halabcheh or died in an accident, it would not be this much painful. Execution is not just a person’s death, it is the death of a family, the death of honor and it makes people shameful”.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Hadi is one of 100s of prisoners who have been sentenced to death for crimes related to drugs. His sentence has been confirmed in January and was sent to the bureau of execution of sentences. Hadi is waiting every minute that the sirens call his name to say goodbye to his friends for the last time. (more…)

At Least 5 Prisoners Hanged in Ghezel Hesar Prison

Posted on: June 19th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – At Least 5 prisoners have been executed in Ghezelhesar Prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the death sentences of at least 5 prisoners with drug related charges who had been transferred to solitary confinement, has been performed, on Wednesday June 10. (more…)

Second Video Footage of the Last Moments of Death Row prisoners before Going to Gallows

Posted on: June 16th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – The following video footage shows the last moments of 2 death row prisoners in the public ward of Ghezel Hesar Prison before going to gallows. During the recent one month more than 50 prisoners have been hanged in Ghezel Hesar Prison.

The obvious calmness of the prisoners in this footage is the other face of the social indifference towards the mass and hidden executions. The goal of revealing this footage is to attract the attention of the civil society and media to the matter of executions. (more…)