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Two prisoners hanged in public in Kermanshah, Iran

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NCRI - As the executions of prisoners continue unabated in Iran, the clerical regime’s henchmen hang two other prisoners in public in the western city of Kermanshah.

The two men were hanged in two locations in the city at 10:00 in the morning local time on Wednesday.

The public hanging follows executions in several prisons in cities across Iran, few of which have been officially announced.

According to the reports received from various sources dozens of prisoners have been hanged during the past weekend alone in prisons across Iran.

Official news websites reported that four prisoners have been hanged on Sunday in city of Arak and another prisoner has been hanged on Tuesday morning in the main prison in the city of Rasht.

Source: NCRI, Feb. 25, 2015


4 men hanged in Arak

4 prisoners hanged in the main prison in the city of Arak on Tuesday, the judiciary's website in the Central Province has announced.

The prisoners were only identified by their 1st name and last name initials as Mohammad M., Ehsan J., Amirhossien Gh, and Reza Z.

The 4 men all had been charged with drug related offences.

According to the information received from various sources in Iran on over 2 dozen prisoners being executed in a number of prisons across Iran in past few days.

Last week, the Iranian regime's henchmen in the central prison in the city of Orumiyeh hanged at least 2 political prisoners.

Habibullah Afshari, 26 and his brother Ali Afshari, 34, hanged on Thursday, had been sentenced to death for supporting Komala, an Iranian Kurdish opposition group.

They were among the group of 6 political prisoners including Saman Naseem who were transferred to isolation on Wednesday. There is no information on the fate of the other prisoners.

Source: NCRI, Feb. 25, 2015

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