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Tuesday, 27 September, 2022

Execution Of A Prisoner After 11 Years

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Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, September 8, 2022 – A prisoner was executed in one of the country’s prisons on murder-related charges.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, quoting Mehr news agency, at dawn on Wednesday, September 7 (2022), a prisoner accused of murdered Salman Ehsani, a police border guard, whose death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court, was executed.

The murder occurred in 2012, following a gunfight with fuel smugglers in the Persian Gulf region, which Salman Ehsani, a police border guard lost his life, according to the report.

After arresting the defendant in this case and going through interrogation, investigation and trial proceedings, the defendant was tried by the court on the charge of murdering and sentenced to death. This ruling was confirmed after the case was referred to the Supreme Court branch.

The report did not mention the identity of the prisoner and the prison where the execution took place.

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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