Eight executions took place at dawn of Wednesday, January 12, 2022, including two in Khorramabad on charge of “Moharebeh” and six others in Karaj Rajai Shahr Prison.
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution”- At dawn of Wednesday, January 12, 2022, eight inmates including two in Khorramabad, Mehran Naqdi and Jahanbakhsh Abbasi, charged with “Moharebeh” through torching a gas station and allegedly killing two SSF agents, Jaber Biranvand and Najmeddin Bavi, were executed.
The two were tried in branch No.1 of Khorramabad’s judiciary presiding over by Judge Shahvand in a very short period; they were hanged in a short time after the decree of execution was issued.
According to an ILNA state-run news agency report, the chief of Lorestan judiciary said: “Two terrorists whose operation led to the martyrdom of two SSF agents during 2018 Fajr ceremonies were executed.”
Mohammad Razm, Lorestan’s chief of judiciary told the families of the two agents in a ceremony, that these inmates had torched a gas station in mid-winter of 2018 in Darreh-Garm, Khorramabad: “They were identified by the security forces in the province and arrested. They were tried asap and were swiftly executed on charge of “Moharebeh”. In their interrogation they said that the intended to execute an operation to provoke insecurity in the province.”
The issuance of a death sentence for two people in Khorramabad on charges of “Moharebeh” and murder of law enforcement officers or setting fire to a gas station in a short-term court is one of the instances of human rights violations in the judiciary of Velayat-e0Faqih.
In another report, the Iran Human Rights Organization announced that at dawn of Wednesday, January 12, 2022, six inmates were executed in Rajai Shahr Prison, Karaj, on charges of murder, two of them were, Amin Safari from ward 1, saloon 3 and Seyyed Payman Mosavai from ward 3.
According to this report, the six were among a nine-strong group of inmates who had been taken to solitary confinement for execution in the morning of Monday, January 10. Three of them returned to their wards after receiving a respite from the “revengers of blood”.
From the six executions only the news of one has been reported by ROKNA state-run news agency: “Today, a 22-year-old man who was detained on January 12, 2020, charged with killing the manager of Imam Sadeq University and sentenced to death, was executed in Rajai Shahr Prison.” The report has not detailed the inmate but has named the motive of the murder as financial disputes.
Taking into account the execution of these 8 prisoners in Khorramabad and Rajai Shahr prisons, the number of executions since the beginning of the year 1400 (March 21, 2021) has reached 280.
The Iranian judiciary has not only not abolished or suspended death sentences, neglecting all international laws, but issues death sentences for any type of murder without grading the circumstances.
According to government agencies and the media, many of these killings have no reason other than poverty and institutionalized corruption in the society, which is caused by the very government that issues and executes death sentences.
More than two-thirds of the world’s countries (144 countries) have now abolished or stopped the death penalty in law, according to Amnesty International’s annual report. But the execution machine in Iran is accelerating every day, and with Ebrahim Raisi’s presidency and the Ejei presidency over the judiciary, executions have accelerated.
Also, according to a report published by the Human Rights Center, at least 350 known executions have taken place in 2021; average of one execution per day.