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Three prisoners were executed in Zanjan and Neyshabur

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Human Rights in Iran – Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – Three prisoners were executed in Zanjan and Neyshabur prisons for drug-related offenses and murder.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, on Thursday, October 13, 2022, Ali Mohammad Sa’eidi, born in 1979, and Sadegh Afkandeh, born in 1979, two prisoners were executed at Zanjan Central Prison for murder and narcotics. Also at dawn on Saturday, October 15, 2022, Reza Gharaloo, a prisoner accused of murder and imprisoned in Neyshabur County Prison, was executed.

“Sadegh Toshandeh had been arrested on drug-related charges for about four years and was in Zanjan Central Prison until his execution”, an informed source told Iran Human Rights organization.

Describing the case of another prisoner executed in Neyshabur Prison, another informed source added: “Reza Gharaloo had been arrested for murdering a friend about three years ago and was condemned to Qisas (retaliation).

So far, the execution of these three prisoners has not been announced 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 execution of old cases and as a result the execution 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.

Due to the lack of 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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