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Iran executed 25 people in one week

Tuesday May 17, 2011 08:39:38 AM, IANS

Tehran: Twenty-five prisoners were executed in Iran in a single week and at least six were hanged in public, an Iranian dissident group said.

Among the hangings, three prisoners were executed in Qazvin and Tonokabon Saturday and four prisoners were put to death in Kerman Friday, the National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement Monday.

"In another brutal, middle-ages-style act, nine Arab- speaking Iranians were hanged in Ahvaz May 8. Six of them were hanged in the Karun prison of Ahvaz and three others, who were brothers and were 21 to 25 years of age, were hanged in public," the statement said.

Prior to their executions, the victims were paraded through the streets of suburbs of Ahvaz in Khuzestan province, the statement added.

Iran so far this year has executed over 300 people, according to rights groups.

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other human rights groups have spoken out against Iran for its use of capital punishment. The country is alleged to have the second highest execution rate in the world, after China.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran, founded in 1981 in France, is the parliament in exile of the "Iranian Resistance", and is a political umbrella coalition of five Iranian opposition political organizations, the largest organization being the People's Mujahedin of Iran.





 

 

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