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Friday, 23 October, 2020

The death sentences of 6 prisoners, including 1 woman, carried out in Raja’i Shahr Prison

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Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, September 24, 2020 / The death sentences of at least 6 death row prisoners, including a woman, were carried out in Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj on charges of premeditated murder.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Mahtab Shafiei, born in 1987, a female prisoner accused of two counts of premeditated murder, whose death penalty was previously upheld by a court and the Supreme Court, was carried out at dawn on Wednesday, 23rd 2020 in Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj. Simultaneously, the death sentences of 5 other male prisoners convinced of murder in another cases were carried out in this prison.

Mahtab Shafiei had reportedly been arrested in recent years on charges of murdering her husband and mother-in-law, and after the interrogation, was sentenced to death penalty by a criminal court on premeditated murder charges, which the verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court.

Prior to execution, Mahtab Shafiei was detained during the interrogation and trial in Qarchak Prison in Varamin, and on Tuesday, September 22nd (2020) was transferred to a solitary confinement in Raja’i Shahr Prison for execution.

On the other hand, the execution of 5 male prisoners was carried out in Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj, allegedly on premeditated murder charges, which the identity of one of these individuals was established as Hosseini Shahani, jailed in Ward 1, Corridor 2, however, as of this writing, no information is available of the identities of the other 4 executed.

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 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, no one should be treated in a manner that causes their degradation and humiliation.

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; muharebeh (enmity against God), 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.

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