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Baluchistan: Iranian authorities executed three Baluch prisoners

Zahedan: The Iranian authorities have executed three Baluch political prisoners at the dawn of Monday morning (3rd September) at Zahedan prison.

According to the Baluch Activists Campaign, three political prisoners detained in Zahedan prison were transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday morning, September 1st, 2018 and executed on Monday 3rd September.

The Iranian authorities informed the prisoners of their death sentence and execution only one day after a recent clash between the armed opposition groups in Baluchistan and Iranian security forces.

The revenge executions of political prisoners in Baluchistan are not new, in 2013 at least a sixteen Baloch prisoners were executed. According to Mohammad Marzieh, the Attorney General Zahedan at that time said, ‘these people were executed in response to an attack on Iranian border forces near Saravan.’

The identity of the Baluch prisoners executed on Monday has been confirmed as Dur Mohammad Shahbakhsh, 21, from Zahedan, Ismail Shahbakhsh, 23 and Hayatullah Noteizahi also known as Akbar 24-years-old.

The detainees were arrested July 7, 2015, on charges spreading mischief in the country, cooperating with the opposition groups and participation in an armed conflict against the law enforcement force and murder of an official of border security forces. However, all three of them denied the murder and other charges against them.

It should be noted that at the time of arrest Ismail Shahbakhsh and Hayatullah Noteiyazhei were shot and wounded.

It is worth mentioning that these people had previously referred to the inhuman treatment of interrogators by writing an open letter to detail the torture techniques during detention.

In that letter, it was pointed out to the defendants were beaten and subjected to various forms of torture including sprinkling salt and pepper on their wounds and pinching their private parts to coerce them into false confession.

Sources informed Balochwara news that the Iranian authorities have not handed over the dead bodies of the victims to their relatives. The relatives have been asked to pay for the ropes that authorities have used to execution [hanging] of the three men.

Source: Balochwara


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