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Iran hangs two more men over alleged protest killing

Iranian authorities claim that two men were hanged after they allegedly killed a volunteer paramilitary during protests.

They were named Mohammad Mehdi Karami, and Mohammad Hosseini. This means that four men have been executed since September’s anti-government protests began.

All of them have been through quick, closed-door trials which Western governments and human right groups claim are a fraud.

According to the Mizan news agency of the judiciary, they were convicted of killing Seyed Ruhollah Ajamian. He was part of Revolutionary Guard’s volunteer Basij forces.


It is believed that it took place in Karaj, a suburb of Tehran on the 3rd November.

Basij has been trying to suppress protests by attacking and detaining demonstrators.

Iran The hardline religious rulers of have faced some of the most violent anti-regime protests since years.

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These were triggered by the Mahsa‘s death. She was taken into religious police custody for not properly wearing her hijab.

Television images of the men in question were heavily edited and showed them confessing to the charges before a judge. However, activists claim that forced confessions using torture are quite common.

In December, Mr Hosseini’s lawyer posted a tweet saying that his client was beaten to death and given electric shocks.

Image Mohammad Mehdi Karami is the other man who executed

The Revolutionary Court does not allow defendants to see evidence or choose their own lawyer.

Amnesty International, a human rights group, stated that the trials were “not comparable to a meaningful judiciar proceeding”.

In the same case, three others were sentenced to death and eleven were imprisoned.

‘Corruption on Earth’ charges

The killing was not the only thing that happened to the couple. They were also convicted of “corruption upon Earth”, a Koranic term that carries the death penalty and is often used against Iranian opponents.

After being charged with crimes related to the protests, two other men were executed in December

Image: Ayatollah Muhammad Ali Khamenei has appointed a new chief of police for hardline groups (left). Pic: AP

HRANA, an Iranian activist group, claims that at least 16 people were sentenced to death for protests. 517 people were killed in violence and over 19,200 were arrested.

All types of live ammunition, bird shot and tear gas, as well as batons, are said to have been used against demonstrators.

Many women attended the protests, often without wearing the hijab to pay respects to Ms Amini’s passing.

According to official IRNA news agency, on Saturday, a new chief of police for hardline areas was appointed.

General Ahmad Reza Radan, the supreme leader, was selected. He is well-known for his brutal treatment of protesters during 2009’s election protests.


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