Posted News: Fri, Nov 9th, 2018
News Code: 1445

Four Prisoners Hanged In Two Cities

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MAFNEWS- The Iranian authorities carried out execution sentences given to four Prisoners in the western province of Urmia and Ilam. Sanandaj prisoner Shayan Saeedpour, now 20, has been sentenced to death by Judge Vafayian in Branch 1 of Kurdistan Criminal Court for a murder he committed at age 17, at a time that he may have been under monitoring for a psychiatric condition.

Center of Democracy and Human Rights in Kurdistan, (Tuesday, October 2, 2018) identified the executed as Zeinab Sokanwand, Hasan Hajiloo and Salman Khanaliloo.

According to a close source, on the Wednesday, October 17, 2018, a prisoner was hanged at Ilam Central Prison on murder charges. The prisoner, identified as Koorosh Behzadian, was arrested and sentenced to death 3 years ago.

According to Maf News, Koorosh Behzadian, Zeinab Sokanwand, Hasan Hajiloo and Salman Khanaliloo were sentenced to death by Iranian judicial authorities for alleged murder cases.

Shayan Saeedpour


A member of Shayan Saeedpour’s family told HRANA that the young man stands accused of murdering Soleyman Azadi in a scuffle on August 16, 2015, just two months shy of his 18th birthday. “Saeedpour said he was acting under the influence of bootleg alcohol and wasn’t in his right mind,” the source said.

Saeedpour turned himself over to police two days after the incident, accompanied by his father.

An appeals request submitted by Saeedpour’s lawyer is currently under review. “[…]Despite evidence and witness testimony, the coroner’s office has left the judiciary to determine whether or not he was intoxicated,” the attorney said. “…[He] was under the influence of alcohol and two witnesses have testified to the veracity of this claim.”

The attorney added that Saeedpour didn’t know the victim prior to the incident.

Saeedpour’s loved ones say he has a history of inflicting self-harm, impulse control disorder, and — since 2014 — consistent psychiatric oversight. According to his family, Saeedpour betrayed no indication of grasping what had transpired after Azadi was killed. The coroner’s office disagreed: as relayed by Saeedpour’s lawyer, they ruled he had “the mental maturity and capacity to distinguish right from wrong and to discern whether his action was criminal.”

In addition to the death penalty, Saeedpour was sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking.

Morteza Esmaeilian, 37, a married father of two from Urmia, was arrested in 2013 on multiple counts of burglary. In 2015, Urmia General Court Branch 112 sentenced him to 15 years in prison and the amputation of the fingers on his right hand.

The Supreme Court rejected his appeal and upheld the sentence as written in Autumn of 2016. He requested a retrial as a final recourse, but it was denied by the judiciary in Summer of the following year.

An agent from the execution of sentences unit informed Esmaeili last week that his amputation was imminent.

HRANA reported on an Urmia Central prisoner facing a similar fate: Branch 1 of Juvenile Criminal Court ordered the amputation of four fingers off of Kasra Karami’s right hand, set to be carried out in the near future.