Ten More Secret Executions at Mashad’s Vakilabad Prison
Int.'l Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

Local sources told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that on Monday, 7 February 2011, only a few days after the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions expressed concern about the secret executions inside Vakilabad Prison, 10 more prisoners with drug-related offenses were secretly hanged at Vakilabad. Five of those executed were Afghan citizens.

Trusted sources with access to inside Vakilabad Prison as well as government agents tasked with certain related logistics, told the Campaign dozens of prisoners with drug-related crimes have also been secretly executed in Birjand Prison, and Taibad Prison over the past few months. The Campaign will publish additional information about the execution of Afghan prisoners as more information becomes available.

The 7 February executions have not been officially announced by the Iranian government or judiciary. The executions were again carried out without informing the lawyers or families of the prisoners, and even without the prisoners’ prior knowledge. The executed prisoners were told about their imminent execution only a few hours before.

It appears that in all secret, group executions in Vakilabad, Birjand, and Taibad Prisons, neither prisoners nor their lawyers were served a written ruling from the Supreme Court upholding their death sentence.

The previous round of secret group executions took place on 20 December when ten prisoners ... >>>

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