Iran executes three Kurds in Urmia: Hengaw

Iranian police prepare the public execution of an Iranian murder convict in Tehran, Iran. EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH (Vosizneias)

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SULAIMANI — Iranian authorities executed three Kurds at a prison in Urmia on Monday (July 23), according to Hengaw Human Rights News.

The website, which reports on violence against human rights activists and Kurdish political prisoners in Iran, said the three were accused of “deliberate murder”.

The three Kurds, Kamal Sultani from Bukan and Faruq Daryayee and Mahmoud Hamzada from Shino (Oshnaviah), were executed in the Urmia Central Prison on Monday morning.

Hengaw reported on Friday that Iranian authorities planned to transfer Kurdish political prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi to a prison in Karaj for execution. Panahi’s transfer to Karaj signals that his execution will likely take place there, the human rights news organization reported.

Panahi was detained by Iran’s security forces last year. He was sentenced to death in January 2018 by an Iranian court on alleged charges of “taking up arms against the state”.

The ruling on his death sentence was postponed due to local and international reaction; protests have taken place all over the world against his death sentence.

Iranian authorities executed 10 Kurds in the prisons of Birjand, Kermanshah and Urmia last week, according to Hengaw's statistics.