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Iran, anti-government demonstrations and executions. Two young men were executed, they were accused of killing a policeman

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Two men, aged 20 and 22, were executed in Iran on Saturday morning. They were accused of killing a police officer during anti-government demonstrations, Reuters reported. Four executions of people participating in the demonstrations have already been carried out in the country, which is gripped by mass protests.

Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Sejjed Mohammad Hosseini were executed by hanging. Three other people were sentenced to death in the same case and 11 received prison sentences, the state news agency IRNA reported to Tehran.

A wave of protests after the death of a young Kurdish woman and repressions by the authorities

The demonstrations began in mid-September 2022 after the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the moral police. After being detained for “inappropriate headgear”, the woman mysteriously fell into a coma and died in hospital. Women participating in protests after her death often showed up without a hijab.

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The NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) stresses that all those facing the death penalty are subjected to “physical and mental torture to extract incriminating confessions.”

Young people sentenced to death in IranTVN24

On January 2, the IHR announced that Iran’s Supreme Court and Revolutionary Court had approved the death sentences for two more young protesters. The men are 18 and 19 years old.

Mehdi Mohammadifard, 18, accused of “waging a war against God”, is probably – according to IHR director Mahmoud Amira-Moghaddam – the youngest person to be sentenced to death for taking part in the demonstrations.

Main photo source: CLEMENS BILAN/PAP/EPA

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