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Saturday, 01 October, 2022

The Death Sentence Of Two Prisoners Carried Out In Tabriz

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Human Rights in Iran – Tuesday, September 6, 2022 – Two prisoners were executed at Tabriz Central Prison for rape and murder.

According to Human Rights in Iran, quoting Rokna News Agency, Two prisoners were executed for murder and rape, in a joint case, held at Tabriz Central Prison, whose sentences were previously confirmed by the Supreme Court, 13 years after committing the crimes.

In April 2009, the charred body of a 38-year-old woman and her 6-year-old child was discovered in Siah Rud village of Jolfa County, according to the report.

Following the investigation, after 20 days, three defendants were arrested and ultimately sentenced to death by judicial authorities on charges of rape and murder.

Also, after 13 years, one of the defendants was executed in June 2022, the other’s death sentence was carried out last week, and the third defendant was released from the gallows with the consent of the victim’s parents.

After the appointment of Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ezhe’ei as the head of the judiciary and his claim to speed up the enforcement of old cases and as a result the implementation of death sentences with the aim of reducing the country’s criminal crimes, this process lead to the protest of Amnesty International by publishing a report on 27th June, 2022, explaining the situation of the implementation of death sentences in the first 6 months of 2022 in Iran.

Also, on August 23, 2022, Javaid Rehman, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, in his periodic report on cases of human rights violations in Iran, protested the increasing process of issuing and executing death sentences in Iran.

Due to the non-transparency of the Iranian authorities, it is difficult to find out the actual number of executions in this country, and the number is certainly much higher than the announced figure.

Issuing and executing death sentences violates international human rights documents, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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