Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, August 27, 2019–Authorities in the city of Babol in Mazandaran Province, northern Iran, hanged a man in public during the early morning hours of Monday, August 26. This horrific execution of a 25-year old man identified only as “H” was carried in the city’s Babolkenar Park.
In the city of Mashhad, Iranian regime authorities also executed a woman in prison. This is the 94th woman executed during the tenure of Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani. And some officials in the West continue to hypocritically describe Rouhani as a “moderate.”
Iran under the mullahs’ rule holds the world’s highest number of executions per capita. This regime has been condemned over 65 times for its gross human rights violations record.
Gohardasht Prison in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, Iran
Dozens of prison guards in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, attacked the prisoners of ward 1 during a raid on the morning of Sunday, August 25, viciously beating prisoners for no reason at all.
The attacking guards were first seen insulting the prisoners using extremely vulgar language and harassing them in various fashions.
One of the inmates by the name of Shahin Sheikhan who protested the guards’ attacks was severely beaten and transferred to solitary confinement afterwards.
Ali Rabiei, the spokesperson of Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani, confessed to some of the heinous crimes of his regime.
Rabiei, who has a long history serving the Iranian regime’s intelligence apparatus, described the torturing and extracting forced confessions from 13 prisoners and executing one of them as a “professional mistake” of another department. The prisoners were being interrogated on their alleged involvement in the assassination of the Iranian regime’s nuclear scientists. After torturing them, the regime broadcasted their forced confessions from state TV.
While the torture of these prisoners continued for a full year after Rouhani assumed office, Rabiei said, “This did not happen during our administration, and I had no access or authority on the dossier to say that I had intervened.”
Rabiei further said, “According to information that exists, there were a number of people who confessed on this case, and I spoke to some officials and they said that one of the confessions was true. But regretfully, some of the measures were unprofessional, and the people who worked on this file were not espionage experts. They were from other domains.”
The Iranian regime regularly extracts and broadcasts forced confessions from prisoners to justify its cruel sentences and punishments, a practice that has been condemned by human rights organizations. In 2016, Amnesty International published a comprehensive report on how the regime uses forced confession and propaganda to dehumanize death row prisoners.
“By parading death row prisoners on national TV, [Iranian] authorities are blatantly attempting to convince the public of their ‘guilt’, but they cannot mask the disturbing truth that the executed men were convicted of vague and broadly defined offences and sentenced to death after grossly unfair trials,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, at the time.