Iran Executes Two Men for ‘Killing Security Force Member’

Sat Jan 07 2023
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ISLAMABAD/TEHRAN: Iranian judiciary on Saturday executed two men after they were convicted of killing a paramilitary force member during a protest demonstration sparked by the custodial death of an Irani-Kurdish woman.

Number of executed people

The latest execution brought the number of hangings in connection with the nationwide protests against the religious ruling class to four. 

In December last year, two men were executed, sparking global outrage.

Judicial news agency Mizan Online reported that Mohammad Mahdi Karami and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, the two protesters who were allegedly involved in the killing of Ruhollah Ajamian, were hanged this morning.

The court sentenced the two men to death in early December, adding that the Supreme Court upheld the death sentences, accusing them of killing Ajamian on November 3.

Ajamian was a member of the Basij militia, linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, who died in Karaj, west of Tehran.

Previously, prosecutors said that the 27-year-old victim was stripped naked and killed by a group of protesters who had been paying tribute to a dead protester, Hadis Najafi.

Iranian authorities have arrested thousands of people in the wake of demonstrations that began with the custodial custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, in September last year. Iran’s morality police arrested Amini for allegedly breaching the strict dress code for women in the country.

According to an AFP, courts have sentenced 14 people to death since the beginning of the protest movement. Among the convicted, four had been executed, two others have had their sentences confirmed by the Supreme Court, six are awaiting new trials, and two others could appeal.

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