Yasin Rezaeipour Executed in Yazd Prison on Drug-Related Charges

On Wednesday, September 1, a prisoner who had previously been sentenced to death on drug-related charges was executed in Yazd Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Iran Human Rights (IHR), the identity of this prisoner is Yasin Rezaeipour, a native of Qazvin.

Iran ranks first in the world in citizen executions per capita, according to international organizations. The Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) reported that between January 1 and December 20 of 2020, at least 236 citizens were executed.

One of these citizens was executed publicly, and two were juvenile offenders. An additional 95 citizens were sentenced to death. According to the same report, more than 72% of executions in Iran are not reported by the government or the judiciary, which human rights organizations call “secret” executions.

As of this writing, the execution of Mr. Rezaeipour has not been announced by Iranian media or official sources.

Female Prisoner Kobra Fatemi Executed in Yazd Prison Under Qisas (Eye-for-an-Eye) Principle of Shariah Law

On May 23, Kobra Fatemi was executed in Yazd Prison on a charge of murder under the Qisas (loosely translated as “eye for an eye”) principle of Shariah Law.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Acvitists, quoting Iran Human Rights (IHR),  41-year-old Fatemi had been in prison since 2015 for the murder of her husband.

Based on the report, an informed source stated: “The victim’s family were going to grant forgiveness but the victim’s paternal uncle, who is a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, insisted that the sentence be carried out and refused diya (blood money) on behalf of the victim’s family.”

“Kobra Fatemi had been married for three years and did not have any children,”  the source added. “Family disputes led her to the murder of her husband,”

According to international organizations, Iran ranks first in the world in citizen executions per-capita. The Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRAI) reported that between January 1st and  December 20th of 2020, at least 236 citizens were executed. One of these citizens was executed publicly, and two were juvenile offenders. An additional 95 citizens were sentenced to death.

The report states that more than 72% of executions in Iran are not reported by the government or the judiciary. Human rights organizations call these “secret executions.”

At the time of writing, her execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran

Six Prisoners Executed Secretly in Yazd Prison in 2014

HRANA News Agency – Six prisoners were executed secretly in Yazd prison without a permission for a last meeting with their families on June 23, 2014. Iranian judiciary officials never informed in detail about the executions.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), on June 23, 2014 six prisoners were executed in Yazd prison. The prisoners were all from the province of Sistan and Baluchestan. Continue reading “Six Prisoners Executed Secretly in Yazd Prison in 2014”

Three Hanged in Public; One Hanged in Yazd Prison

HRANA News Agency – On the morning of May 12, 2011, four individuals were hanged in the city of Yazd, [the capital of Yazd Province].

 

Yazd Province’s judiciary public relations announced that on Thursday, May 12, 2011, three execution sentences were carried out in public in front of Yazd’s central prison, and another person was hanged inside the same prison in the presence of judicial officials.

 

According to this announcement, the four individuals were arrested in 2009 and 2010 in Meybod, Tabas and Yazd counties on charges of rape and were sentenced to death by Yazd Province’s criminal court.

 

Meanwhile, no independent sources have confirmed the charges against these individuals whose identities remain unknown.  It has been said that the rulings were confirmed by the Supreme Court, and their appeals were rejected by Yazd Province’s Pardon and Amnesty Commission.  The head of judiciary ultimately confirmed the sentences.