An inmate was hanged after enduring two times of mock execution following by two more executions in Urmia Central Prison
An inmate charged with narcotic related crimes was hanged at Urmia prison just before the New Year 1401 (starting March 21, 2022), causing immense suffering for his family.
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution” quoting Iran Human Rights Organization- At dawn on Monday, March 14, 2022, Ebrahim Nassirkhah was hanged being charged with narcotic related crimes.
The report quotes and informed source as: “Ebrahim Nassirkhah was incarcerated for three years and yesterday he was taken to solitary confinement to be executed. He had formerly endured two times of mock execution, being taken to the gallows but each time his execution was postponed for unknown reasons.”
The execution of this prisoner, like many others, is not announced by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s official media.
This execution brings the number of executions since the on set of year 1400 (March 21, 2022) to at least 343 executions.
While the Drug-Related Crimes Law, amended in 2017, specifically limited the issuance of death sentences on drug related charges and generally provided for a degree of abatement of the sentence in some cases; However, the execution of prisoners convicted of drug-related offenses continues.
Since the onset of the year 1400, at least 138 inmates have been hanged on drug related charges.
In another event on March 15, 2022, two other inmates have been executed at Urmia Central Prison.
Among six inmates taken to the gallows, two were executed and the rest being successful to by some time, were returned to the ward.
At the end days of year 1400, the number of executions has increased, and many prisoners are waiting their death sentence to be carried out.
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution” quoted Hengaw Organization of Human Rights that on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, two inmates; Payman Babakhani and Mir Ali Hosseini were hanged at Urmia Central Prison. They were both from Urmia and were sentenced to death by the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Payman and Mir Ali were taken to solitary confinement the night before along with four others. But the four asked for respite from the kins of the victims and were returned to their wards.
These two hangings bring the number of executions since the onset of year 1400, to at least 346 executions.
The execution of the death sentences, regardless of the nature of the crime, and the personality and characteristics of the perpetrator, is a violation of the right to life and the most cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment and is a gross violation of international law.
State-run agencies and the media have admitted that many of the murders have no reason other than poverty and institutionalized corruption in society, which is caused by the very government that issues and executes death sentences. According to the Statistics Center of the human rights center of “No to Prison, No to Execution”, at least 350 executions have taken place in Iran, in 2021. According to these statistics, an average of one execution had been carried out daily.