Another 12 prisoners hanged in IranPublished by International Liberty on March 8, 2015
According to reports from Iran at least 12 prisoners were hanged in Ghessel Hessar prison in the Iranian city of Karaj on Saturday.
The group of prisoners included men identified as Asghar Mir-adli, Adel Salmanzadeh, Abdullah Lozomi, Hossein Rostami, Mohsen Alipour, Sadegh Mohamad Ahooie. Mohammad Mahmoudi and Massoud Moahmaadi.
Hassan Rouhani’s Interior Minister said on Thursday “Drug traffickers must be hanged and the judiciary should not have any mercy in dealing with these individuals.”
Iran is known for hanging political prisoners for trumped up drug related charges.
The minister’s remarks and the subsequent executions follow a UN report expressing concerns about rights violations in Iran. The Secretary General’s report described the high rate of executions in Iran ‘deeply troubling.’