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2 Kurdish inmates executed in West Azerbaijan’s Urmia prison

  2021-07-18  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A file photo of Urmia Central Prison, West Azerbaijan, Iran- photo by Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN)
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – Two Kurdish prisoners were hanged to death on Sunday (July 18) in Urmia Central Prison in West Azerbaijan province of the Iranian Kurdistan, watchdogs said.

On Friday, the inmates, Oruj Ali Asl-Hosseini, Babak Aslani, and Meysam al-Sadeghi, were transferred to solitary confinement to serve their sentence on a premediated murder charge (retribution in kind) or locally known as (qisas), reported by Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). 

The three were sentenced to death eight years ago for killing a person, Hengaw Human Rights Organization said.

On Saturday, prisoner in the jail set blanket on fire in protest of the execution as they gathered in the ward’s corridor and engaged in a fight with prison guards, the KHRN said citing a source in Urmia.

On Sunday, the Iranian authorities executed Oruj Ali Asl-Hosseini and Babak Aslani, but al-Sadeghi was restored to his jail cell on the ground he will pay ransom to the family of the murdered man.

Five ethnic Kurdish prisoners were executed by the Iranian authorities in the jail earlier in the month, Hengaw chief Arsalan Yarahmadi told Zhyan English on Sunday (July 5).

Iran has executed 144 inmates, over twenty Kurds since the outset of 2021, according to Iran Human Rights. Since 2021, Iran has executed 6,219 including 160 women and 63 juveniles., 

“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)