Iran hangs two men accused of killing security official during protests

Iran hangs two men accused of killing security official during protests

Authorities in Iran have executed two men accused of killing a security officer during a protest against the authorities.

Protests have taken place in Iran since September, with at least 517 protesters killed in demonstrations, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group monitoring the unrest.

Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Mohammad Hosseini were hanged on Saturday after being convicted by the Iranian Supreme Court.

“Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, the main perpetrators of the crime that led to the unjust martyrdom of Ruhollah Ajamian were hanged this morning,” the judiciary said in a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency.

Four men are now known to have been executed by the Iranian state since the demonstrations began.

Iran’s state-run Mizan news agency said the men were convicted of killing Ruhollah Ajamian, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Basij volunteer force, in the town of Karaj outside Tehran on November 3.

All men executed by the Iranian judiciary faced swift, closed-door trials that have been criticized internationally.

The Basij volunteers have been deployed in major cities during protests

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Basij volunteers have been deployed in major cities during protests

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In heavily edited footage broadcast on state television, one of the executed men, Karami, spoke to the Revolutionary Court about the attack, which also showed a re-enactment of the attack, according to prosecutors’ claims.

Amnesty International has said the trials “did not resemble a meaningful trial”.

Recordings of Karami and Hosseini talking about the attack, used as evidence for prosecution, have been considered coerced confessions by activists.

Anti-government protests rage across Iran

Activists say at least 16 people have been sentenced to death in camera on charges related to the protests. Death sentences in Iran are usually carried out by hanging.

Activists in Iran also claim that over 19,200 people have been arrested, although Iranian authorities have not provided an official count of those killed or detained.

Security forces have used live ammunition, tear gas and batons to disperse protesters, according to rights groups.

The protests, which began in mid-September, were sparked by the death of 22-year-old Amini after they were arrested by Iran’s morality police for allegedly violating the Islamic republic’s strict dress code.

Women in particular have played a leading role in the protests, with many publicly choosing to remove the hijab or cut their hair.

The protests mark one of the biggest challenges to Iran’s government since the 1979 revolution.

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