Mullahs’ Head of Judiciary: Who is Secretary-General to say stop the executions; these words are cheap, baseless and lack reasoning. Executions for corruption on earth is an internal matter
At dawn Thursday, September 18, seventeen prisoners were hanged in Kerman, Shiraz, Marvdasht and Bandar Abbas. Five of the victims (four in Shiraz and one in Marvdasht) were hanged in public. Eight prisoners in the Shahab Prison of Kerman were hanged collectively. Four prisoners were executed in Bandar Abbas prison.
On September 10, seven prisoners, mostly young men 21 to 24 years old, were executed in the cities of Karaj (public hanging) and Hamedan.
On September 1, fifteen prisoners were hanged in prisons of Hamedan and Zahedan and the Ghezel Hessar Prison of Karaj. Ten of those hanged were protesting prisoners in Ghezel Hessar Prison.
On August 26 and 28, thirteen prisoners were hanged in Bandar Abbas central prison in two groups of eight and five.
Mullah Larijani, the head henchman of regime’s Judiciary, who was speaking in reaction to the UN Secretary-General’s annual report that had referred to some aspects of the catastrophic situation of human rights in the clerical regime, said: “Who is this Mr. Secretary-General to say you should stop the executions? Who are they to say so? The death sentence for corruption on earth is an internal matter… many of the things that are said in an official report of an important international organization; these words are cheap, baseless and they lack reasoning… You are not allowed to say, even on human rights grounds, why we are faithful!”
The inaction by the international community, especially the Western countries, regarding the clerical regime’s crimes, including over 1000 executions since Mullah Rouhani assumed power, has emboldened the clerical regime to continue and ramp up torture, execution and suppression.
Iran’s human rights dossier should be referred to the United Nations Security Council. This is not just an essential step to stop the cycle of crime and execution, but is necessary for adherence to the values that the United Nations has been established to defend.