Sep. 24 – At least 120 persons have been hanged in public in
Iran since March, according to the state-owned press. A man was hanged
in public today in the city of Ahwaz (southwestern Iran). Mohsen Sh.
was accused of armed robbery.
His two alleged accomplices, Peyman B. and Shahin R., were sentenced
to having their right hands and left feet amputated.
Last week the head of the public relations office of prisons in
Hamedan province (western Iran) announced that the local Department
of Justice had amputated the fingers of a burglar.
Iran has recently stepped up public executions, causing alarm among
international human rights organisations such as Amnesty International.
A prisoner was hanged in Qazvin on Sep. 21. Another man was hanged
in Tehran on Sep. 20. A third man was also hanged in the southern
port of Minab on September 18. Nineteen prisoners have been executed
since the beginning of this month, the local press reported.
Human rights activists report that many executions are not announced
by the judiciary.