Iran’s Deadly Response To Protests: Four Executions

Two men found guilty of killing a paramilitary during protests for women’s rights were hanged today.

The Iranian authorities executed today by hanging two men convicted of having killed a paramilitary during the demonstrations unleashed in mid-September over the death of the young Mahsa Amini after being in the custody of the extinct Morale Police.

Main Perpetrators of The Crime

“Mohammad Mahdi Karami and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, the main perpetrators of the crime that led to the martyrdom of Ruhollah Ajamian, were hanged in the morning,” said Mizan Online, the information agency of the Iranian Judiciary.

Since the start of the wave of protests, the Iranian Justice has sentenced to death at least 14 people related to the demonstrations, according to a count by the AFP news agency, not verified with official figures.

With today’s two hangings, the number of executions rises to four since the start of the protests, while two have their sentence confirmed by the Supreme Court, six are awaiting new trials and another two can appeal the failed.

Karami and Hosseini were accused of killing Ajamian, a member of the IRGC-affiliated Basij paramilitary militia, on November 3 in Karaj, a city west of Tehran.

The first instance court sentenced them to death on December 4 and the verdict was confirmed on January 3 by Iran’s Supreme Court, Mizan Online said.

Activists in the country say that another dozen people face charges that can carry the death penalty.

The executions were repudiated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, which denounced trials “based on extorted confessions.”

“It is shocking that Iran continues to execute protesters, despite international outrage,” the agency tweeted.

The United States also condemned “in the strongest terms” these executions and what it described as “mock trials”: “These executions are a key component of the (Tehran) regime’s effort to suppress the protests. We continue to work with allies to seek to account for Iran’s brutal repression,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on his social network account.

Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) was “dismayed” and called “once again on the Iranian authorities to immediately put an end to the highly reprehensible practice of pronouncing and carrying out death sentences against protesters,” it said in a statement. Nabila Massrali, spokesperson for the head of community diplomacy, the Spanish Josep Borrel, reported the Europa Press news agency.

“It is a definitive punishment that makes possible judicial errors irreversible,” added Massrali, who denounced executions as “another indication of the violent repression by the Iranian authorities.”

Iran Has Experienced a Wave of Violence

Iran has experienced a wave of violence since Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, died on September 16 in a Tehran hospital, three days after being detained by the morality police for allegedly wearing her veil incorrectly. that, according to the dress code of the Islamic Republic, he had to cover his hair.

Iranian authorities said she died of natural causes, from a pre-existing illness, but her family said they believed she may have been beaten.

The protest, born out of rejection of clothing restrictions imposed on women and outrage over the young woman’s death, evolved into a movement directed against the theocracy in power since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Iranian leaders accuse the United States, Iran’s staunch enemy, of being behind the protests, which they describe as “riots.”

Today’s executions come despite a campaign by NGOs calling for Tehran to pardon the accused.

In mid-December, Mohammad Mahdi’s father, Mashallah Karami, posted a video on social media imploring the authorities to quash the death sentence against his son, who he described as a karate champion, member of the national team, who had won competitions in Iran.

Mashallah Karami reported to the Iranian press that the family lawyer had not been able to access his son’s file.

According to the Norway-based group Iran Human Rights (IHR), Karami was 22 years old and, according to NGOs, Hosseini was 39 years old.

Iran has already been the target of a series of international sanctions in reaction to the crackdown on protests.

Around 14,000 people have been arrested since last September, according to the UN, including athletes, activists and film personalities and journalists. (Telam)

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