Iran: Three Sunni Prisoners secretly executed

Iran: Three Sunni Prisoners secretly executed

Published by on January 2, 2021

International Liberty Association: According to the reports from Iran, three Sunni prisoners, Hamid Rastbala, Kabir Sa’adat Jahani and Mohammad Ali Arayesh, were executed on Thursday, 31 December 2020, in Vakilabad Prison of Mashhad.

These three Sunni prisoners were transferred to an unknown location on Wednesday, 31 December 2020, and were deprived of family visits before their execution. Their families and lawyers were not informed about the executions in advance.

The families and lawyers were desperately trying to obtain information about the three men since Wednesday. Subsequently on Sunday, they were told that the execution had been carried out on Thursday 31 December.

It should be mentioned that, Iran law requires the government to notify lawyers of a scheduled execution of their client 48 hours in advance and to grant families the right to visit their condemned relative for the last time.

According to an informed source, “To avoid any protest by inmates, prison agents told the three men that they are called to answer some questions. To pretend that the conditions are normal, they also called another three prisoners. But later they sent them back.”

The source added: “Hamid Rastbala, Kabir Sa’adat Jahani and Mohammad Ali Arayesh were then transferred to solitary confinement before the execution”.

The source added that, one of the cellmates of the prisonerssaid: “The next morning, as we waited, Hamid did not come for fresh air. We asked, “Where is Hamid?” “They said he was executed this morning.”

ILA: The Sunni political prisoners Hamid Rastbala, Kabir Sa’adat Jahani and Mohammad Ali Arayeshhad recently requested a retrial.

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