Iran regime may be planning to mass execute child offenders

Iran regime may be planning to mass execute child offenders

Published by on May 24, 2016

ismaeil-sadeqi-niaraki-400Iran’s fundamentalist regime has transferred at least seven young death-row prisoners to solitary confinement in Gohardasht (Rajai-Shahr) Prison in preparation for their imminent execution, according to reports from the prison.
The young inmates were transferred earlier on Saturday from the prison’s Ward 5, known as the adolescents’ ward, to solitary confinement in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran. Reports say the regime plans to execute them at the latest by next Wednesday.
All seven inmates are believed to be between the ages of 22 and 25 and some are suspected to have been minors at the time of their alleged crime.
The names of six of the prisoners are believed to be Mohsen Agha-Mohammadi, Farhad Bakhshayesh, Iman Fatemi-Pour, Javad Khorsandi, Hossein Mohammadi and Masoud Raghadi.
The mullahs’ regime on Friday hanged a man in a prison in Qazvin, north-west of Tehran.
Ismaeil Sadeqi Niaraki, a notorious mullah who is the regime’s Prosecutor in Qazvin, confirmed the execution had taken place in the city’s central prison. He identified the victim only by his first name Sepahdar.
Iran’s fundamentalist regime has sharply increased its rate of executions, carrying out at least 21 hangings in a 48-hour period earlier this week.
Ms. Farideh Karimi, a human rights activist, on Tuesday criticized the lack of response by the international community and human rights groups to the appalling state of human rights in Iran.
The latest hanging brings to at least 98 the number of people executed in Iran since April 10. Three of those executed were women and one is believed to have been a juvenile offender.
Iran’s fundamentalist regime last week amputated the fingers of a man in his thirties in Mashhad, the latest in a line of draconian punishments handed down and carried out in recent weeks.
Amnesty International in its April 6 annual Death Penalty report covering the 2015 period wrote: “Iran put at least 977 people to death in 2015, compared to at least 743 the year before.”
“Iran alone accounted for 82% of all executions recorded” in the Middle East and North Africa, the human rights group said.
There have been more than 2,300 executions during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as President. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran in March announced that the number of executions in Iran in 2015 was greater than any year in the last 25 years. Rouhani has explicitly endorsed the executions as examples of “God’s commandments” and “laws of the parliament that belong to the people.”

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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