Iran Human RightsAs Public Protests Escalate, Khamenei Steps Up Executions

As Public Protests Escalate, Khamenei Steps Up Executions

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On the morning of Tuesday, May 31, a Baluch prisoner was hanged in Damghan Prison. This is the latest blood that the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has shed. The victim was a 33-year-old married man from Zahedan, in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan, who had previously been arrested on drug charges.

On Saturday, May 28, a prisoner named Hamidollah Sahraei (Koohi), the son of Abdul Razzaq, was hanged in Chabahar Prison, south of Iran. Sahraei, a resident of Sarbaz city, Nute village, had been charged with ‘murder’. Having been detained in Chabahar prison since 2020, two days prior to his execution, he was transferred to solitary confinement before being hanged.

The same day, a prisoner named Nader Gargij, the son of Naeem was hanged in Zabul prison, also in the southeast. This victim, who was from Jerikeh village of Zahak city in Sistan and Baluchistan, had been charged with a drug offense.

Gargij and his cousin were arrested in February 2020, in the Jazinak area of ​​Zahak city, after being wounded by direct fire from the regime’s intelligence agents, before being detained in Zabul prison. Nader had been shot in the leg and abdomen, while his cousin, Hamid Gargij, died of his injuries on the spot.

On Wednesday, May 25, eight prisoners were hanged en masse in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. Six of the men executed were identified as Ramin Arab, Abbas Bitarfan, Gholam Hossein Zeinali, Ali Nosrati, Ali Montazeri, and Vahid Miyanehabadi. The groups of prisoners had been transferred to solitary confinement in a group of ten from ward 2 of Dar al-Quran. Two were later returned to the ward.

Ramin Arab was charged with ‘moharebeh through armed robbery’, while the other seven detainees had been charged with ‘premeditated murder.’ Arab attempted to commit suicide before his death sentence was implemented and was taken to hospital. However, the regime’s officials later took him straight from the hospital to the gallows. The hanging of the eight prisoners was not reported by the state media.

Also on May 25, a female prisoner named Laden Molla Saeedi was hanged in Qarchak Prison in Varamin on charges of ‘premeditated murder.’

On Sunday, May 29, the death sentence of a 27-year-old prisoner named Shahab was carried out in Mashhad Central Prison In the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi. Shahab had also been charged with ‘premeditated murder.’

On Sunday, May 22, 2022, a 29-year-old prisoner, Elias Gh, was hanged in Vakilabad prison in Mashhad, having been originally arrested on October 9, 2016.

On the same day, two prisoners were hanged in Adelabad Prison in Shiraz, in the southern province of Fars. A female prisoner was executed for charges of ‘premeditated murder’, while a Baluch prisoner named Abdolbari Rigi was executed charged with ‘possessing drug’, while a 37-year-old prisoner named ‘Mohammad Morad Fazeli’ was executed in Shirvan Prison on charges of premeditated murder.

On Monday, May 23, one woman was executed in Amol Prison in the northern Province of Mazandaran on unknown charges, while Mohammad Sorkhrou, Abbas Kamali, and Mossadegh Mallahi were executed in Minab Prison in the southern province of Hormozgan, on the charge of drug possession. A prisoner was also executed in Zanjan Prison, western Iran, charged with ‘murder.’

Referred to as Black Monday, May 23 saw a total of at least 30 prisoners hanged at the Minab, Shirvan, Urmia, Zanjan, and Amol prisons, in total.

In the last 10 days alone, from May 22 to May 31, over 46 people have been executed across the country. According to experts, the unprecedented increase in the number of executions during May is precisely due to the current political instability of Iranian society and the recent increase in public protests.

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