By Iran Probe Staff
Sunday, 28 May 2017
A 42-year old inmate has been hanged in Mashhad, northeast Iran, for a murder he allegedly committed 17 years ago. This execution took place without necessary evidence to prove the murder charges raised against the individual. However, in accordance to Iran’s laws, 50 relatives of the murdered individual swore they believed the accused individual had committed the murder.
In Iran’s laws this swearing is enough to have a judge issue his ruling and the defendant was executed in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 23rd. Another individual from the city of Sabzevar, west of Mashhad, was also executed in Mashhad Central Prison.
This method of proving a felony, stated in Iran’s laws, has been used many times and lead to the execution of a number of individuals. This includes a similar case where 13 years after an individual was sentenced to execution evidence proved his innocence.
At a time when human rights organizations emphasize Iran must stop the use of executions, and most countries have halted all forms of executions, the Iranian regime has imposed laws to actually facilitate more executions, even in cases where there is not enough evidence to prove the accused’s guilt.