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Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Execution of 3 prisoners in Bandar Abbas and Adelabad prisons

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Human Rights in Iran – Monday, August 29, 2022 – Three prisoners were executed in Bandar Abbas and Adelabad prisons in Shiraz on drug-related charges.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, quoted by Haal Vash, at dawn on Sunday, August 28, 2022, Rahim Ghanbarzehi, son of Gholamshah, born in 1982, married with 3 children, Mojtaba Khademinejad,about37 years old, from Afghanistan, two prisoners locked up in Adelabad Prison in Shiraz were executed. Also, along with these two people, Saeed Saaboki, born in 1995, son of Mirdar, from Mohammadabad around Iranshahr city, located in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, married and the father of 3 young children, an inmate incarcerated in Bandar Abbas Prison was executed on charges related to drugs.

“Rahim Ghanbarzehi was arrested in 2017 on charges related to drugs in Fasa County, transferred to Adelabad Prison in Shiraz and was sentenced to death in Shiraz Revolutionary Court. Mojtaba Khademinejad was also arrested in Shiraz in 2017 on drug charges and was sentenced to death in the Revolutionary Court of that city.”, an informed source told the Human Rights in Iran reporter in this regard.

Also, a well-informed source regarding Saeed Saaboki’s execution added: “He was arrested in Bandar Abbas along with Esmaeil Bargrizan in 2018 for a joint case involving drug charges, and after going through the proceedings, he was sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court of this city, and their verdicts were confirmed by the Supreme Court of the country.”

It should be mentioned that execution sentences of Esmaeil Bargrizan and Saeed Saaboki were carried out simultaneously in Bandar Abbas Prison.

Until the moment of writing the report, the execution of these 3 prisoners has not been announced by the official media inside Iran.

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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