Three Prisoners Hanged in Miandoab

HRANA News Agency – This morning, Tuesday May 10, 2011, three citizens were handed in Miandoab Prison, [West Azerbaijan Province].


Miandoab’s judiciary chief, Mostafa Habibi, in an interview with IRNA confirmed the execution of three prisoners and said, “One of these individuals was from Miandoab and the other two from Urmia County [West Azerbaijan Province].  They were arrested in Miandoab and sent to prison there.”


Mostafa Habibi added, “These individuals were hanged after the death sentences were issued by Miandoab’s judiciary and the ruling was upheld by the Supreme Court.”


These three prisoners were charged with drug trafficking although the charges have not been verified by an independent source.


Yesterday, five other prisoners were executed in the central prison in Urmia County [West Azerbaijan Province].  According to reporters of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Aref Rashidpur from the village of Mavaneh and Esfandiar Manda from the village of Haghi in Urmia County [West Azerbaijan Province] were two of the prisoners who were hanged.