File photo of a public execution in Iran

Iran Hangs Two More Prisoners In Public

Thursday, 07/13/2023

Iranian media reported that two other men were publicly hanged in Fouladshahr, Esfahan province, on charges of moharebeh (enmity against God) and corruption on earth on Wednesday.

According to the Judiciary's Mizan website, the two men identified as Mohammad Ghaedi Nasab, 35, and Sadegh Mahmoudi Baram, 25, were publicly hanged after a criminal court sentenced them to death for participation in murder.

It is alleged that the two defendants fought and disarmed officers, killing one and causing another to lose a finger on November 18, 2021.

The executions bring this week's total of public hangings to four.

On Saturday, Iran hanged two Afghan men in public on charges of playing a role in an attack on a shrine in October 2022 where 15 people died and 20 were wounded.

Mohammad Ramez Rashidi and Naeem Hashem Ghetali were hanged in a street near the Shahcheragh Shiite shrine and mausoleum in the southern city of Shiraz early in the morning. Iran's official news agency IRNA said they were hanged before dawn with “hundreds of the families of the martyrs” and other citizens of Shiraz witnessing the executions.

The attack on Shahcheragh shrine took place October 26 last year when anti-regime protests were raging on in Iran. This led to speculations and accusations that the attack was staged by the government to divert attention from the protests and also justify a crackdown.

Meanwhile, death sentences of at least three other citizens with charges like drug trafficking and murder were in Jiroft, Kerman province.

Earlier, the US-based Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) mentioned in its annual report that in the previous Iranian year ending on March 20, at least 617 citizens were executed, two of them in public.

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