Posted by: bahareiran | January 24, 2011

More than 5,000 people sentenced to death in Iran

Only in the past 30 days in Iran (from Dec. 20 to Jan. 19) 97 people were executed. According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, these figures have been acquired from the statements of judiciary officials in various provinces in Iran during the above mentioned time. The real figures are much higher. According to the Campaign, most of these people were executed for possessing and carrying narcotics. In statements carried by the state-run Mehr News Agency, Sadeq Amoli Larijani, the head of Iran’s Judiciary said on January 23, 2011, said that the Iranian judiciary would ‘have no mercy’ for ‘drug smugglers’ and added that ‘unfortunately, I have seen that some Western media see the measures of the Judiciary as a violation of human rights’.

‘We distance ourselves from the kind of human rights that supports troublemakers and drug smugglers’, he added…

Q: Does drug related convicts and one stage death sentences have a history in Iran where about 100 people are hanged only in one month?

Mohammad Mostafayi (Iranian lawyer who left Iran due to the pressure by the Iranian regime): It has a history in regards to narcotics. Executions that were carried out in total secret. This was carried out for the first time last year with group hangings in the Qezel Hesar Prison. Because drug related offenders do not have good support or defenders and their names are not registered anywhere. They are tried in Revolutionary Courts in one stage. For those who are sentenced to death on drug related charges, there is no chance for an appeal. All of this results in very short legal procedures and in many cases, the offenders do not even have lawyers…

Reporters are not allowed inside the Criminal Court in Tehran where executions are carried out, but the numbers of those who have been sentenced to death is very high. Especially those charged with murder. I have credible information from people in the Judiciary that more than 1000 (death sentence) cases and if it is approved, their death sentences will be carried out in future months. More than 5,000 people have been sentenced to death and are awaiting their death. (Radio Germany Website – Jan. 24, 2011)

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