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Iran: Four Prisoners in Imminent Danger of Execution for Drug Charges

8 Jul 17
Iran: Four Prisoners in Imminent Danger of Execution for Drug Charges

Four prisoners are in imminent danger of execution for drug related charges. Close sources say they may be hanged at any moment. 

Iran Human Rights (JULY 8 2017): On the morning of Friday July 7, four prisoners in Urmia's central prison (West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran) were reportedly transferrd to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions. According to close sources, the prisoners were sentenced to death on drug related charges. Iran Human Rights has obtained the name of one of the prisoners so far: Khalil Kousi. 

Iranian parliament members had formerly requested from the Judiciary to stop drug related executions for at least five thousand prisoners pending further investigation. However, the request has not stopped the Judiciary from carrying out death sentences for prisoners with drug related charges.