8 prisoners executed in Iran while Italy’s PM is in Tehran
NCRI - Iran's fundamentalist regime on Wednesday mass executed eight people in the notorious Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran, while Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was in Tehran reestablishing trade ties.
The names of six of the executed prisoners were given as: Ebad Mohammadi, Javad Sadeqi, Mohammad-Javad Mozzafari, Mostafa Ejlali, Hamzeh Dowlatabadi, and Mehdi Haq-Shenas.
The European Union on Monday extended sanctions against 82 officials of the Iranian regime until 2017 over "serious human rights violations" in the country.
The 28-nation bloc has frozen assets and placed travel bans against the Iranian officials since 2011 because of the human rights violations in Iran. It has renewed the sanctions every year since.
Amnesty International in its April 6 annual Death Penalty report covering the 2015 period wrote: "Iran put at least 977 people to death in 2015, compared to at least 743 the year before."
"Iran alone accounted for 82% of all executions recorded" in the Middle East and North Africa, the human rights group said.
There have been more than 2,300 executions during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as President. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran in March announced that the number of executions in Iran in 2015 was greater than any year in the last 25 years. Rouhani has explicitly endorsed the executions as examples of “God’s commandments” and “laws of the parliament that belong to the people.”