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hanged. This is how the first of the 11 sentenced to death for participating in the recent wave of anti-government protests that have shaken the country since mid-September was executed this Thursday.
The Persian authorities reported that the executed man responded to the name of Mohsen Shekari, who on November 29 was found guilty of the crime of “hate against God” by a Revolutionary Court.
Shekari was called a “troublemaker” for participating in the blockade of an avenue and by wound a militiaman in the midst of the protests that broke out in the Muslim country in mid-September, after the death, at the hands of the authorities, of the young woman from Mahsa Amini, for “not correctly using” the hijab (Islamic veil).
Human rights organizations have described as “show without due process” the trial where the man was sentenced to death.
the official version
The Mizan news agency, attached to the Iranian Judiciary, reported that the executed man participated in the closure of a street in the capital, Tehran, on September 25 and that he attacked a member of the Basij Force, a group with a machete. paramilitary that has been used by the authorities to put down the protests.
According to Sheraki authorities confessed during the trial to having received “payments” to attack police officers.
With these elements, on November 1, the court found the man guilty of using a weapon “with the intent to kill, cause terror, and disturb the order and security of society” and sentenced him for “hatred against God.”
The ruling was appealed, but the Supreme Court confirmed it on November 20.
prelude to what may come
The legitimacy of the verdict has been questioned by international bodies. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of Norway-based Iran Human Rights, called the process flawed.
Also, through his Twitter account, the activist warned the executions of protesters will become routine, unless the Tehran authorities face “quick practical consequences at the international level.”
Iranian justice has so far announced that another 10 people have been sentencedit’s capital punishment on charges of “hate against God” or “corruption on Earth” in connection with the protests. The identities of all those convicted have not been released.
For its part, Amnesty International stated that the death sentences were designed to “repress the popular uprising” and “instill fear among the populationeitherno“.
Revolutionary courts operate “under the influence of security and intelligence forces to impose harsh sentences after grossly unfair trials marked by summary and predominantly secret trials,” the group added.
Days before this execution took place, the Persian service of the BBC revealed that another of those sentenced to death has been the object of three simulated executions in the prison. A practice that human rights activists have dismissed as “torture”.
Sahand Noormohammadzadeh, 26, was found guilty of obstructing traffic and setting fire to a garbage container and sentenced to die on the gallowsalso for “hatredcontrgoodbye“.
“During the trial (his captors) asked him to climb on a chair blindfolded to be hanged,” the sources revealed to Parham Ghobadi of the BBC’s Persian service.
The young man, a promise of bodybuildingHe has denied the accusations.
However, the informants say that his interrogators told him that if he wanted to talk to his mother, who they said had suffered a heart attack, he had to sign a blank sheet. Defenders of Noormohammadzadeh have said that a confession was later written on that paper.
Protests against Iran’s theocratic regime erupted in mid-September, after the death in custody of Amini, who was detained by morality police for allegedly violating women’s clothing regulations.
Demonstrations led by women have spread to 160 cities in the 31 provinces of the country and are considered one of the most serious challenges to the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution.
The authorities, for their part, have maintained that the “riots” are instigated by the country’s foreign enemies and have ordered security forces to “deal with them forcefully.”
So far, at least 475 protesters have been killed and 18,240 have been detained, according to the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).
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