A Prisoner Executed In Ardabil Central l Prison
Human Rights in Iran – Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – A prisoner was executed at Ardabil Central Prison on murder-related charges.
According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, Ahmad Panahi Khanghah, born in 1982, a prisoner accused of murder and imprisoned in Ardabil Central Prison, was executed at dawn on Monday, September 12, 2022.
“He was transferred to solitary confinement for execution last month and had returned to his ward with a one-month deadline,” Iran Human Rights Organization stated.
It should be mentioned that Ahmad Panahi Khanghah had been arrested since 2018 following an honour killing and was sentenced to death by the Criminal Court of Ardabil Province after the proceedings.
This prisoner was transferred on September 10 (2022) from the general ward of Ardabil Central Prison to solitary confinement for execution.
So far, the execution of Ahmad Panahi Khanghah has not been reported by the media inside Iran or by official sources.
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.