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20 EXECUTIONS IN IRAN ON FIRST DAY AS NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS IN VIENNA

On Tuesday, February 18th, 20 people were hanged in Iran. Mehr state-run news agency reports that 3 prisoners were hanged in the central prison of Qazvin, northwest of Tehran, in the early morning on Tuesday. Mullah Esmaeil Sadeqi, the prosecutor general of Qazvin, announced the hangings, adding that “we firmly and seriously confront smugglers”. The names of the hanged were just given by the first letter of their first and last names. The executions were approved by Head of the Judiciary Mullah Sadeq Larijani. According to human rights groups inside Iran, 8 other prisoners were group hanged in Ghezel Hessar Prison of Karaj, near Tehran, on the same day. The 8 dead were between 22 to 41 years old. The day before they were transferred to solitary confinement and the reason for their execution has not been announced. 5 people were executed in southern Iran in the Bandar Abbas Prison. The hanged were Khalil Qassemi, Abdullah Reissi, Asghar Mohseni, Foad Sadeqi and Ebrahim Salari, all prisoners in Bandar Abbas Prison. Another prisoner is awaiting his execution. At the same time, 4 more people were executed in Kerman, in central Iran. The new wave of executions is considered a new record for killings in a day for the office of Iran’s new president Rouhani.

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