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5 Kurdish inmates executed by Iranian authorities over past 2 days

  2021-07-04  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A file photo of Urmia Central Prison in West Azerbaijan
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Five ethnic Kurdish prisoners were executed by the Iranian authorities in Urmia Central Prison in Western Azerbaijan over the past two days, head of Henagw Human Rights Organization Arsalan Yarahmadi told Zhyan English on Sunday (July 5).

On Sunday, three Kurdish inmates including brothers Bahaddin Qasemzadeh and Davood Qasemzadeh and Anvar Abdollahi were hanged to death by the Iranian judiciary after they were convicted of qisas (retribution-in-kind, or premediated) murders, according to Hengaw and Iran Human Rights, another watchdog.

Davood Qasemzadeh was severely injured in the backbone under torture by the Iranian forces in the prison, according to Hengaw.

On Saturday, Naser Azmoudeh and Shahriar Amiri were executed in the prison earlier in the morning on drug-related charges, reported by Kurdistan Human Rights Organization (KMMH).

Another Kurdish prisoner, 32-years-old Hossein Kheiri from Lorestan provinces, is also on the death row after he was sentenced to death by a court in Tehran on charges of Moharebe (War against God) by destroying private sector’s property to oppose the regime during the November 2019 protests, Hengaw said.

Iran has executed 119 inmates including 21 Kurds since the outset of 2021, Ahmadi said. Since 2021, Iran has executed 6,194 including 160 women and 63 juveniles., according to Iran Human Rights.

“There are no legal distinctions made between murder and manslaughter, whether voluntary or involuntary in Iran, those charged under the umbrella term of “premeditated murder” will receive the death penalty regardless of intent and the circumstances,” added the watchdog. 

(Zhyan English)