Wednesday, July 12, 2006

98 executed in Iran so far this year

Iran Focus: a pro-MEK website
Iran’s state-run media reported half a dozen executions on Wednesday bringing to 98 the number of executions reported in the state media since the start of 2006.

At least a dozen minors and women have been among the victims. READ MORE

Four men were hanged in public in the southern city of Zabol, Sistan-va-Baluchistan Province, on Wednesday, the official news agency IRNA reported.

The four were identified as Mehdi Zori, Houshang Kiani, Jamaloddin Jamali, and Abdol-Rahman Safar-Zehi were accused of “instigating trouble” and drug-related offences.

The government-run news agency Fars reported on Wednesday that a young man was hanged in public in the northern city of Shahroud. The 31-year-old man was only identified by his first name Davoud. He was accused of rape.

A man identified as Ali-Reza Ranjbar was hanged in prison in the western city of Boroujerd on Tuesday, the official news agency IRNA reported. He was accused of murdering another man.

Another man, identified only as 34-year-old Behzad, was hanged in public in the central city of Isfahan on Tuesday on charges of kidnapping, the daily Etemaad Melli reported on Wednesday. His alleged accomplice, a woman identified only as Anita, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 74 lashes, and a fine.