On the day before they were to be put to death, the condemned prisoners were removed from prison wards to an undisclosed location, where they were shackeled, had their mouths taped shut, and bags placed over their heads.

It’s been reported that they were severely tortured. In fact, according to their families, signs of torture were very apparent on their bodies,  which were covered in bruising from beatings, and some had compound (open) fractures of their hands and feet. 

The Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) has forbidden families from holding ceremonies for their children, and threatened them against publishing news. They also summoned a number of religious figures and protesters to the execution, telling them that they would not be allowed to issue statements or to meet with the families. 

“The execution of political prisoners particularly after their brutal torture is a crime against humanity toward which silence is absolutely unacceptable,” according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).