IRAN: TWO EXECUTED FOR DRUG OFFENCES
April 28, 2016: Two prisoners were hanged in the morning in the Central Prison of Karaj (west of Tehran).Â
According to close sources these prisoners were identified as "Mehdi Bagherzadeh" and "Esmaeil Tanabi".
Iran Human Rights (IHR) had reported about the transfer of 4 prisoners (2 brothers) to solitary confinement in preparation for execution on April 27.Â
All the 4 prisoners were sentenced to death for possession and trafficking of 8 kilograms of heroin in one case.
Mehdi Bagherzadeh and his younger brother Abbas Bagherzadeh were the 2 brothers who were scheduled to be executed.Â
Mehdi was executed while Abbas was together with another prisoner identified as "Farhad Esmaeili" were returned to their wards.Â
Sources have reported that they remain under imminent danger of execution.
Another member of the Bagherzadeh family (Isa Bagherzadeh, another brother) was hanged 5 months ago. (Source: Iran Human Rights, 29/04/2016)