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May 13, 2011: 17 people, among them one minor, have been hanged recently in Iran.

On May 10, authorities have hanged five convicted drug-traffickers in the country's northwest area.

The hanging was carried out immediately after the convicts were awarded death sentence by a court in Orumieh, the capital of West Azerbaijan Province.

Esfandiar Mandahki, Teimur Aiubian, Aref Rashid-pour and two other unnamed men were hanged in the main prison of Orumieh, Iranpressnews reported.

On May 9, three people were hanged in the prison of Miandoab, in west of Iran, official Iranian news agency IRNA reported.

Quoting the prosecutor of Miandoab the report said: "Three men, two of them from Oroumieh and one from Miandoab, were hanged in the prison of Miandoab in the morning". They were convicted of drug trafficking said the report without mentioning their names and other details regarding their charges.

The Kurdish news agency Moukarian identified two of the men as "Fathollah Darvishi" and "Fekri Teymori".

According to the reports from Iran nine people, among them one minor, were executed in the city of Ahvaz on May 5.

According to the Persian section of Alarabiya (the news website of Alarabiya TV channel), Iran’s Judiciary announced that nine people charged with murder of the security officers and committing acts against chastity, were executed.

Quoting the website Ahvaz news, Alarabiya reported that three of the men were hanged in public in Ahvaz, while the other six were hanged inside the prison of Ahvaz. According to these reports one of those hanged in the prison was 16 years old.

According to Ahvaz news the nine men executed were identified as follows:

Three brothers identified as Ali Heydari (25), Jasem Heydari (23) and Naser Heydari (23) were hanged in public in the Hamidiyeh area west of Ahvaz.

Five out of six others who were hanged inside the Karoun prison of Ahvaz were identified as Amir Moavi, Ali Na’ami, Amir Badvi, Ahmad Naseri (22) and Hashem Hamidi (16 years).

All those executed had been arrested in connection to the unrests in April 2011 in Ahvaz, where several people had been killed in clashes between the security forces and the inhabitants of an Arab neighborhood in Ahvaz.

For further information : http://www.iranhr.net/