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 Hanging (Execution) May - June 2011

Just count the execution since January 2011, IRI shall be the winner of the most execution in less than 5 months


Iran [[Islamic Republic]]: 'Twenty-six alleged drug traffickers hanged'

Last update: June 28, 18:23 EST

Tehran, 28 June (AKI) - Twenty-six alleged drug traffickers have been executed in northeast Iran, according to the Herana human rights website.

The hangings were carried out last week at the Vakilabad prison in the city of Mashad without alerting the prisoners' family or lawyers, Herana said.
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The website said human rights organisations have accused the prison of executing around 100 drug traffickers in secret over the past two years, many without having been tried.

The parliament recently passed a bill creating stiffer penalties for drug trafficking in Iran, where the crime has been a capital offence since the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

The United Nations 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 has the second highest execution rate in the world, after China, according to human rights organisations.

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Concurrent With Admission of Group Executions, 26 More Hanged Secretly in Mashad

28th June 2011 = 7:30 AM EST

Local sources in Mashad told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that 26 more inmates were hanged at Vakilabad Prison on 15 June 2011. At the same time, the Prosecutor of Mashad Mahmoud Zoghi admitted to secret group executions and without mentioning the number of executions over the past two and half years, referred to “the high number of executions.”

Zoghi acknowledged group executions while reporting the large number of drug trafficking cases in Vakilabad prison.

“With such a high volume of drug trafficking cases, the execution statistics are proportionate and foreign media unjustifiably exaggerate in this subject,” Zoghisaid.

The secret group executions were carried out against Iran’s laws, without the knowledge or presence of lawyers and family members of the prisoners. Neither the prisoners or their lawyers were served requisite papers from the Supreme Court upholding their death sentences. The prisoners were not informed in advance about the final confirmation or date of their executions and were only informed hours before they were executed.

According to information obtained by the Campaign, in these cases, the “execution sentence confirmation notices” from the Supreme Court, and the “sentence implementation orders” from the Prosecutor General’s Office, are only served to the Prosecutor of Mashad. Mohseni Ejehi, Iran’s Prosecutor General has repeatedly given orders to prosecutors nationwide to implement the execution sentences of drug traffickers in a swift manner.

Zoghi characterized execution statistics in Khorasan as “natural.” “According to anti-drugs laws, transportation, possession, and trade of more than 30 grams of heroin carries the death penalty. As the narcotics enter the Khorasan Razavi Province in high volume, naturally the rate of executions will be high, too,” he said.

Refraining from mentioning the exact number of executions carried out at Vakilabad in 2009 and 2010, Zoghi only addressed executions carried out since the beginning of the Persian new year, between 21 March and 21 June 2011 in general terms. “During the current [Iranian] year, we carried out execution sentences in five phases,” he said. (Link to Mashad Prosecutor interview with ISNA). Recently, the Campaign reported of five days where group executions were carried out between 21 March and 21 June 2011: 10 executions on 6 April; 12 executions on 13 April; 10 executions on 16 May; and 16 executions total on 23 and 24 May.

In numerous reports last year, the Campaign reported of the secret executions of hundreds of prisoners at Vakilabad Prison in 2009 and 2010. The Campaign has also been informed of secret executions at Birjand, Taibad, Ghezel Hessar (Karaj), Karoon (Ahvaz), and Orumiyeh Prisons. In many cases, local and judicial authorities have only implicitly admitted the existence of these executions. The Campaign has gathered information that indicates most of the unannounced secret group executions have been carried out inside Vakilabad Prison and Ghezel Hessar Prison. In the past two years, hundreds of prisoners have been hanged inside these two prisons. According to information received from local sources, several thousand prisoners are currently on death row on drug trafficking charges in Vakilabad and Ghezel Hessar Prisons.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran regards the recent remarks by the Prosecutor of Tehran as more evidence of widespread and secret group executions at Vakilabad Prison, and urges Iranian judicial authorities to end the horrific trend of secret executions in Iranian prisons. Iranian judicial authorities use violent and lethal policies in confronting drugs. In recent years, such policies have show no indication of being effective in managing Iran’s drug problems. Additionally, the Campaign joins many other human rights organizations to ask the Iranian Judiciary to abolish the death penalty, due to its cruel, inhumane, and irreversible nature.

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Iran [[Islamic Republic]] hangs man who raped, murdered his 8-year-old niece

06.15.11, 11:15 AM / Israel News = 7:30 AM EST

Iran [[Islamic Republic]] has executed a man convicted of raping and murdering his 8-year-old niece, media outlets in the Islamic Republic reported. According to the reports, he was found guilty of committing actions that "violate modesty," and was hung in public. The prosecutor said that after brutally raping the girl, the perpetrator killed her and stole her gold jewelry.

Some 155 people have been executed in Iran [[Islamic Republic]] since the beginning of the year. (Dudi Cohen)

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Iran [[Islamic Republic]] hangs 4 drug traffickers

Updated June 01, 2011 05:45 PM Local time = 8:45 AM EST

TEHRAN (Xinhua) – Iran [[Islamic Republic]] hanged four drug traffickers in the central city of Kerman, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported Wednesday.

The unidentified drug traffickers were charged with armed smuggling of and keeping different kinds of narcotic, said the report.

The committed people were hanged in the central prison of Kerman, said Mehr without specifying the time of execution.

On Tuesday, the local English language Iran [[Islamic Republic]] Daily reported that 300 drug traffickers are on death row in Iran [[Islamic Republic]].

Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said Sunday "300 people have been sentenced to death in relation to drug smuggling,” said Iran [[Islamic Republic]] Daily.

Drug abuse remains a primary concern among Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian public opinion, Jafari-Dolatabadi said, adding that curbing the distribution and transport of illegal drugs is one of the main approaches in fighting drug trafficking.

Iran [[Islamic Republic]] is located at the crossroad of international drug smuggling from Afghanistan, the world's top opium producer, to Europe. Drug trafficking, along with some other crimes including murder, adultery, rape and armed robbery, is subject to death penalty in Iran [[Islamic Republic]].

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Two men were hanged in western Iran [[Islamic Republic]] this morning-
54 executions in the month of May up to date

Sunday, May 29, 2011 07:30 AM EST

Iran [[Islamic Republic]] Human Rights, May 29: Three days after executing 11 people, five of whom were hanged in public,  Iran   [[Islamic Republic]] authorities publicly hanged two prisoners in the city of Kermanshah (western Iran [[Islamic Republic]]) this morning.

According to the official site of the Kermanshah Judiciary, two men were hanged on Azadi Square this morning. The men were identified as P. Mohammadi Poshtehrizeh, convicted of raping a 12-year-old boy, and A. Namaki, convicted of raping a 9-year-old girl. The charges have not been confirmed by independent sources.

According to official reports, Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian authorities have executed at least 54 people in the month of May 2011.15 of the executions were carried out in public.

On May 26th five men were hanged in two different cities in Iran [[Islamic Republic]]. One man was hanged in Qazvin, and a young civilian citizen was used to carry out the public execution.

It is believed that the Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian authorities have increased the number of public executions to spread fear among Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian citizens as the anniversary of the June 2009 protests approaches.

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the international spokesperson for IHR said, “The main goal of the Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian authorities by executing is not to fight crime but to spread fear among the people seeking fundamental changes in the country. Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian authorities want the world to become immune to executions, but we urge the global community to react and condemn every single execution in Iran [[Islamic Republic]].”

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Child rapists hanged in Iran [[Islamic Republic]]

Sunday, May 29, 2011 07:30 AM EST

Iran [[Islamic Republic]] on Sunday hanged in public in the western city of Kermanshah two men convicted of child rape, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The men sent to gallows were identified as P. Mohammadi Pashterizeh and A. Namaki, convicted respectively of raping a child and filming the act and of raping a nine-year-old child.

IRNA reported that the crowd gathered in the square where the executions were carried out shouted, "Judiciary, thanks ... thanks."

No additional information was given.

Iran [[Islamic Republic]] says the death penalty is essential to maintain law and order, and that it is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings.

The latest hangings bring to 145 the number of executions reported in Iran [[Islamic Republic]] so far in 2011, according to an AFP count based on media and official reports.

Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian media reported 179 hangings last year. But international human rights groups say the actual number was much higher, making the Islamic republic second only to China in the number of people it put to death.

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2 ABUSERS OF MINORS HANGED IN PUBLIC IN Iran [[Islamic Republic]]

Sunday, May 29, 2011 07:30 AM EST

(AGI) Teheran - Two men accused of sexually abusing children were hanged in public in Kermanshah, in Western Iran [[Islamic Republic]]. The news was disseminated by the official press agency IRNA. One of the two was accused of having raped a little boy and filming the scene while the other of having sexually abused a 9-year old boy. The execution was carried out in front of a crowd screaming: "thank you judges....thank you". .

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چهار قاچاقچی مواد مخدر در ياسوج به دار مجازات آويخته شدند

(Islamic Republic Agency IRNA) May 27, 2011 - 9 hours ago from 8:13 AM EST

ياسوج - دادستان كهگيلويه و بويراحمد گفت: چهار نفر قاچاقچی غير بومی اين استان به اتهام مشاركت در حمل و نگهداری مواد مخدر از نوع ترياك پس از تشريفات كامل و صدور حكم قطعي، بامداد روز پنجشنبه در زندان مركزی ياسوج به دار مجازات آويخته و اعدام شدند.

چهار قاچاقچی مواد مخدر در ياسوج به دار مجازات آويخته شدند

حجت الاسلام محمد موسوی پور در گفت و گو با ايرنا افزود: يك هزار و255 كيلو گرم مواد مخدر از اين سوداگران مرگ طی دو مرحله (سابقه)كشف شد. وی بيان كرد: از اين قاچاقچيان در سابقه اول 879 كيلوگرم مواد مخدر كشف شد و در حالي كه در سابقه دوم درحال مرخصی از زندان بسر می بردند 376 كيلوگرم ديگر مواد مخدر از آنان كشف شد.

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Islamic Republic (Iran) hangs 12 people, five of them in public

(AFP) –May 26, 2011 - 3 hours ago from 15:38 EST

TEHRAN — Iran [[Islamic Republic]] has hanged 12 men for offences including murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking, including five who were executed in public, news agency reports and a legal source said on Thursday.

The official IRNA news agency said "serial killer" Mehdi Faraji, convicted of murdering five middle-aged women who boarded his minibus, was hanged in public in the city of Qazvin, northwest of the capital Tehran, on Thursday.

Two more men, Hamid Ranjbar and Hamid Reza Baqeri, were also hanged in public after being convicted of armed robbery and abduction. They were executed in the southern city of Shiraz.

Another two, Masoud Dehqan and Mehdi Alipour, were hanged in public in the same city after being found guilty of rape, the IRNA report added.

In addition, two men convicted of drug trafficking were hanged on Thursday in a prison in the northern city of Sari, IRNA reported, quoting the city's prosecutor Asadollah Jafari. The report did not name the convicts.

Also, four men convicted of drug smuggling were sent to the gallows in a prison in the central city of Yasouj, IRNA cited a local prosecution official as saying, but did not name the men.

Another man, meanwhile, was hanged on Monday for drug smuggling in the city prison of Behbahan in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, the provincial justice department said on its website. It gave no other details.

The latest hangings bring to 143 the number of executions reported in Iran [[Islamic Republic]] so far in 2011, according to an AFP count based on media and official reports.

Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian media reported 179 hangings last year. But international human rights groups say the actual number was much higher, making the Islamic republic second only to China in the number of people it put to death.

Iran [[Islamic Republic]] says the death penalty is essential to maintain law and order, and that it is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings.

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A young boy was used to conduct the execution of a man in public in Islamic Republic ( Iran [[Islamic Republic]]) early this morning

May 26, 2011 - 7:38 AM EST

A man was hanged in public in the city of Qazvin, west of Tehran,   early this morning.   According to the official    Iran  [[Islamic Republic]] news agencies the man who was identified as “Mehdi Faraji” (37) was hanged in public, in the beginning of Qazvin’s “Isfahan street” early this morning.

Mehdi Faraji was convicted of murdering five women between May 2009 and March 2010.

This is the eighth public hanging that has taken in May 2011 in Iran [[Islamic Republic]].

According to our reports a young boy (minor) was used to draw the chair Mehdi was standing on and conduct the execution. The picture above shows the boy (arrow) while conducting the execution.

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Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of Iran [[Islamic Republic]] Human Rights strongly condemned today’s execution and said : “These barbaric executions and using ordinary citizens, especially the minors to conduct these executions must be condemned by the world community”. He added : “ Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian leaders must be held accountable for promoting a culture of murder and brutality in Iran [[Islamic Republic]]”.

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اعدام دو نفر به جرم 'محاربه' در اصفهان

به روز شده: 12:18 گرينويچ - سه شنبه 17 مه 2011 - 27 اردیبهشت 1390

عبدالله و محمد فتحی شورباریکی، دو برادری که در ایران به دلیل سرقت مسلحانه به "محاربه" متهم شده بودند، امروز صبح (سه شنبه ۲۷ اردیبهشت، مصادف با ۱۷ مه) در زندان دستگرد اصفهان اعدام شدند.

پدر برادران فتحی که در ترکیه به سر می برد، با تائید این خبر به بی بی سی فارسی گفت: "پیش از اجرای حکم از سوی زندان با خانواده ام تماس گرفتند و به آنها گفتند که ساعت شش صبح در مقابل زندان حاضر شوید و با گروه اعدام صحبت کنید تا اجرای حکم ۲۴ ساعت به تعویق انداخته شود. اما نهایتا پسرانم را اعدام کردند."

آقای فتحی با اشاره به اینکه عبدالله ۲۸ ساله و محمد ۲۷ ساله تنها فرزندان پسر او بودند، گفت: "جنازه پسرانم را با آمبولانس به مادرشان تحویل دادند."

عبدالله و محمد فتحی در فروردین ماه سال ۱۳۸۹ به همراه پنج نفر دیگر به اتهام سرقت گسترده از طلافروشی ها در کرج دستگیر شدند. پدر آنها حکم اعدام فرزندانش را "مخدوش" توصیف کرد و گفت: "نسبت به صادر کنندگان این حکم اعلام جرم می کنم، این حکم ایرادات زیادی داشت، در کیفرخواست و نهایتا حکم دادگاه مشخصات فردی یکی از پسرانم به غلط قید شده بود و در حالیکه سه سال از تاهل پسر من می گذشت، قاضی پرونده او را مجرد ذکر کرده بود".
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پدر برادران فتحی گفت: "من و برادر همسرم از فعالان سیاسی هستیم و در ابتدا دو پسرم به ارتباط با دایی خود متهم شده بودند که از زندانیان دهه ۶۰ بوده و در حال حاضر در آمریکا به سر می برد."

او ادامه داد: "در ابتدا همه هفت نفر را به جرم سرقت مسلحانه به محاربه متهم کردند، اما اتهام محاربه در مورد پنج نفر از آنها منتفی شد". هادی قائمی: پرونده پر از ابهام است هادی قائمی، سخنگوی کمپین حقوق بشر در ایران در گفت و گو با بی بی سی فارسی گفت که با توجه به ابهامات موجود در پرونده و مستندات موجود، اجرای حکم برادران فتحی می بایست متوقف می شد.

او گفت: "بر اساس گفته های خانواده و نامه های خودشان از داخل زندان، این دو برادر تحت شکنجه شدید قرار گرفتند و مجبور به اعتراف شدند. در حالی که این دو به اتهام محاربه محکوم به اعدام شدند، پنج نفر دیگر از این اتهام مبرا شدند".

از ایرادات دیگری که به گفته آقای قائمی به این پرونده وارد است و وکلای این متهمان نیز به آن استناد کرده اند، این است که این دو ساکن اصفهان بودند، اما در مازنداران دستگیر شدند و در حالی که دادگاه به گفته وکلا باید در مازندان برگزار می شد، به اصفهان منتقل شد. آقای قائمی گفت: "قاضی پرونده حکم اعدام را بسیار شتاب زده صادر کرد".

مسئله دیگری که سخنگوی کمپین حقوق بشر به آن اشاره کرد، احتمال ابتلای این دو برادر به بیماری روانی است: "این دو در زمان جنگ در آبادان زندگی می کردند و دچار بیماری روانی بودند. دکترهای متخصص هم نامه هایی را در همین خصوص به قاضی نوشتند، اما هیچ کدام از این مسائل مورد توجه قرار نگرفت و حکم اعدام تائید شد".

در قوانین ایران، سرقت مسلحانه از مصادیق محاربه دانسته شده است.

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پیامی که به مهوش علاسونـدی مادر عبدالله و محمد فتحی منسوب است

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اگر فرزندان من یكبار مردند٬ قاتلین و شكنجه گران و مسئولین این پرونده روزی صد بار خواهند مرد.

آنها روی آرامش را نحواهند دید مخصوصا رحیمی و بهرامی و سرهنگ حسین زاده و حبیب اللهی دادستان اصفهان. وقتی در مقابل دو پسرم قرار گرفتم و گفتند یك دقیقه وقت دارید آخرین ملاقات را انجام دهید به پسرانم گفتم سرتان را بالا بگیرید و با چشم باز بمیرید و به چشمهای آن كسی كه طناب دار بر گردنتان می اندازد نگاه کنید.

سوال من این است که در كجای دنیا رسم است حتی اجازه ندهند مادر و فرزندانی که قرار است اعدام شوند با خیال راحت همدیگر را در آغوش بگیرند. فرزندان من خواستند دستشان را باز كنند و یك لحظه مرا در آغوش بگیرند، گفتند نمیشود. در كجای دنیا به آخرین خواست محكوم به اعدام گوش نمیدهند! پسرم گفت میخواهم مامانم را بغل كنم٬ دستم را باز كنید. نكردند گفتند قانون است. به پسرانم گفتند ببینید چه كشور قانونمندی داریم! گفتم من دستهایم را دور گردن شما می اندازم. من شما را بغل میكنم همانطور كه از كودكی تا الان بغل تان میكردم.

ما سحرگاه امروز در مقابل در زندان اصفهان بودیم. جمعیتی كه آنها را نمی شناختم در كنار من بودند و جوانان زیادی آرام آرام اشك میریختند. وقتی آخرین ملاقات انجام شد و نزد دوستانم برگشتم٬ همانهایی كه بیرون در منتظر من بودند٬ همانهایی كه اولین بار می دیدمشان٬ گفتم عزیزانم گریه نكنید. اینها ادعا میكنند كه با كشتن دو فرزند من جامعه ایران پاك میشود و مشكلات از این جامعه رخت بر می بندد٬ پس خوشحال باشید كه با قتل دو عزیز من قرار است آرامش به جامعه ایران بازگرد! قرار است دیگر كسی گرسنه سر بر بالین نگذارد و كسی شكنجه نشود! قرار است دیگر كسی از گرسنگی نمیرد! قرار است همه مصائب این جامعه كه از سر و روی ما بالا میرود تمام بشود! به جوانانی كه در سحرگاه خونین امروز اشك میریختند گفتم فرزندان من اولین قربانیان اینها نبودند اما امیدوارم آخرین قربانیان اعدام باشند.

یكبار دیگر میپرسم آیا نباید به آخرین خواست اعدامی ها توجه كرد؟ فرزندان من دو نامه نوشته اند كه در حقیقت وصیت نامه آنها است. آنها به من گفتند مادر یك نامه عفو و بخشش برای تو و پدرم نوشته ایم و یك نامه به خدا، مستقم برای خدا نوشته ایم و سوالات خودمان را از او كرده ایم. به زندانبان گفتم نامه های فرزندانم و را به من بدهید. گفتند اول باید ببینیم چه نوشته اند وكپی بگیریم و سپس تحویل میدهیم. این چه حكومتی است كه از نامه دو فرزند من كه دقیقه ای بعد آنها را اعدام میكند٬ میترسد و این چه حكومتی است كه وصیت نامه فرزندانم را هم به من نداده است؟ وقتی فرزندان مرا كشتند، و البته صحبت این بود كه امروز چهار نفر دیگر را نیز اعدام كرده اند٬ آمبولانس حامل پیكرهای فرزندانم را كه حواستند بیرون بیاورند٬ مردان اسلحه به دست از جوانان و مردمی که دست خالی در آنجا در آنجا تجمع کرده بودند و اشك میریختند، وحشت داشتند.

من این وحشت را در چشمهای آنها می دیدم.

درگرامیداشت یاد فرزندان من شمع روشن كنید و به آرزوی دنیایی باشیم كه زندانی نباشد. به امید اینكه دیگر در هیچ جای دنیا اعدامی نباشد. اعدام در سراسر دنیا باید خاتمه پیدا كند. در هیچ جای دنیا نباید شكنجه ای باشد. به امید اینكه اگر هم زندان و زندانی هست٬ زندانها برای تربیت و سازندگی باشد نه شكنجه و زورنمایی و قلدری یك مشت جنایتكار و قلدر. انسان سازی و راهنمایی و كمك جای شكنجه و توهین و تحقیر را بگیرد


Islamic Republic ( Iran [[Islamic Republic]]): Four Prisoners Executed On Drug Charges

May 15, 2011 15:06 EST

Four people found guilty of drug offenses were hanged today in the Iran [[Islamic Republic]] province of Kerman, ISNA reports, after the judiciary refused to commute their sentences.

They were charged with possession of between four to eight kilos of heroin or crack.

This is Iran [[Islamic Republic]]’s second round of drug-related executions this week. On Tuesday, eight people were hanged in Orumiyeh and Miandoab in northwestern Iran [[Islamic Republic]] for drug-related offenses.

The number of executions in Iran [[Islamic Republic]] has surged dramatically in the past year, following the controversial presidential elections of 2009.

After China, Iran [[Islamic Republic]] has the world’s highest annual execution rate, and human rights groups caution that these official statistics do not reflect the true number of executions.

Several human rights reports indicate that hundreds of prisoners were executed in Iran [[Islamic Republic]] without official acknowledgement.

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Islamic Republic ( Iran [[Islamic Republic]]): executes Jewish woman

Published: 05.15.11, 09:54 / Israel News

Human rights agency claims Israel-born Adiva Soleyman Kalimia executed at Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian prison on alleged counts of adultery last March

An Israel-born Jewish woman of Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian descent and her Armenian Christian husband were executed in Iran [[Islamic Republic]] over two months ago, an Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian human rights group reported last Thursday.

The Human Rights Activists News Agency claimed Adiva Mirza Soleyman Kalimia and her husband Varjan Petrosian were hung on March 14 at Evin Prison, known for its political prisoners' wing, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

The human rights group quoted the Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian court's confirmation of the executions. Two other men and one woman who remained unidentified were also executed along with the couple.

Relatives of the woman said they do not know why she was killed.

Soleyman Kalimia was born in Jerusalem in 1956 to a Jewish family of Iran [[Islamic Republic]]ian descent. At one point she moved to Miami and eventually received US citizenship. According to her family, she had two passports: American and European. Her son lives in Europe.

In the past few years, for reasons unknown to her family, Soleyman Kalimia began to visit Iran [[Islamic Republic]]. She was able to enter and leave the country three times, before she was eventually arrested and sent to prison.

The official cause for her arrest was adultery, from what little information that is known to her family.

Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, Michael Posner, spoke before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations last Wednesday, and discussed the human rights' situation in Iran [[Islamic Republic]].

Posner said human rights in the Islamic Republic had deteriorated in the first part of 2011.

"Protestors were killed in Tehran in February and in ethnically-Arab areas in April; additional sentences were levied on those already in prison merely for sending letters to family members; political prisoners are held in deplorable conditions with convicted murderers in former stockyards," he told the committee.

He mentioned that "a Jewish woman and her Armenian-Christian husband were reportedly executed based on undisclosed charges.

Mass executions of mainly ethnic minority prisoners have been carried out without their families’ knowledge; Iran [[Islamic Republic]] has executed at least 135 people this year."

Danny Adeno Abebe contributed to this report

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