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Iran Executions: At Least One Prisoner Hanged in Rajai-Shahr Prison

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Iran Human Rights -  At least one prisoner was hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday, February 7, at least one prisoner was executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. The prisoner, identified as Mohammad Karimi from Varamin, was sentenced to death on murder charges.

"Mohammad murdered a relative during a fight. The victim attacked Mohammad with a knife and Mohammad punched him in self-defence which led to the victim's death," said a close source to Iran Human Rights (IHR).
He added, "Security cameras recorded the fight, and the video was played in the courtroom. However, the judges didn't consider it as self-defence."
It should be noted that on Sunday, February 4, at least ten prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement, a stage prior to their execution. Some sources told Iran Human Rights that more than three people were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison on Wednesday, but the executions have not been confirmed by IHR so far.
According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 142 prisoners were executed in Iran for murder charges in 2016. There is a lack of any classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for all types of the murder, regardless of intensity and intent.