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Iran: Three prisoners executed

NCRI – Iranian regime’s henchmen hanged a prisoner in Gohardash Prison on Wednesday and two other prisoners in Parsilon Prison in western city of Khoramabad on Saturday, according to the reports by state-run media.

The prisoners in Khoramabad were condemned to death on drug related charges. The executions of prisoners for transporting drugs had been strongly protested by United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Mr. Ahmad Shahid; and by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

In paragraph 9 of his report to the General Assembly in October 2012 Ban Ki Moon wrote “The Secretary-General is concerned that the death penalty continues to be applied with alarming frequency. He notes with concern the reported executions of over 600 persons in 2011, and the ensuing escalation in executions in the first half of 2012, with over 200 persons reported to have been executed since January. The special procedures also continue to express alarm at the high number of death sentences handed down and the increased number of executions carried out, on the basis of charges that do not amount to the most serious crimes, in particular drug related Charges.”