Death sentences of 5 prisoners were carried out in Raja’i Shahr Prison
Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, July 9, 2020 / At least five death row prisoners incarcerated in Raja’i Shahr Prison of Karaj were executed on charges of murder.
According to Human Rights in Iran, Hossein Jalalvand, Mostafa Mohammadi, Karim Alizadeh, Mohammad Yazdani and Milad Kheradmand, 5 death row prisoners kept in Raja’i Shahr Prison of Karaj, whose convictions were already upheld by the Criminal Court and the Supreme Court, were executed at dawn on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, on charges of premeditated murder.
In an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, a credible source said: “The death sentences of Mostafa Mohammadi, Karim Alizadeh, Mohammad Yazdani, Milad Kheradmand and Hossein Jalalvand who were charged with murder in a street fight and financial disputes, were carried out.”
“In the morning of Saturday, June 27, 2020, Milad Kheradmand, Hossein Jalalvand and Mostafa Mohammadi, along with Karim Alizadeh were summoned to the office of the head of ward and moved to the solitary confinement. Similarly, Mohammad Yazdani was transferred to the solitary confinement at noon on Sunday, June 28, 2020, after being summoned to the office of the head of ward, for implementation of the sentence”, the source added.
According to the annual report by Amnesty International in 2019, the Iranian government executed at least 251 people. At least 4 of those executed were under the age of 18 at the time of crime. However due to the lack of transparency of the authorities, it is difficult to find out the actual number of executions in this country and it may be much higher than the announced figures.
Considering the International Instrument of Human Rights and also the Article 5 in Universal Declaration of Human Rights, no one should be treated in a manner that causes their degradation and humiliation.
According to statistics released by human rights organizations, Iran is one of the countries with the highest number of executions per capital and after China the highest number of executions are in Iran.
On February 18, 2020, Amnesty International released a report describing human rights abuses in Iran, in which issued a report on the issuance and enforcement of death sentences: “International human rights law allows acts involving same-sex sexual intercourse with reciprocal consent and extramarital sex; Spreading corruption on earth, insulting Mohammed the prophet and fighting against Islamic State are crime titles punishment of which is execution and hanging while there is no vague definition for them, yet.”