Iran has executed three males it stated had been implicated within the deaths of three members of its safety forces throughout final yr’s anti-government protests, the nation’s judiciary stated.
Majid Kazemi, Saleh Mirhashemi and Saeed Yaghoubi had been executed within the central metropolis of Isfahan, stated the judiciary in a press release on Twitter, including that they’d “martyred” two members of the Basij paramilitary drive and a regulation enforcement officer on November 16.
Amnesty Worldwide stated the lads’s fast-tracked trial was flawed and used “torture-tainted ‘confessions'”.
Iran denies that confessions are extracted beneath torture.
Friday’s executions dropped at no less than seven the variety of protesters hanged because the starting of the nationwide protests that started final autumn and become one of many boldest challenges to the clerical management because the 1979 revolution.
They had been ignited by the demise of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish lady Mahsa Amini whereas within the custody of Iran’s morality police on September 16.
In anticipation of their imminent execution, the three males on Wednesday appealed in a handwritten notice for public help, saying, “Do not allow them to kill us”.
“We’d like your assist,” stated the notice that went viral on social media, drawing native and worldwide appeals to halt the executions, together with from Washington.
Households and supporters held nightly vigils exterior the Dastgerd jail in Isfahan in help of the three males who had been being held inside.
The lads got a ultimate assembly with their households on Wednesday, elevating fears that their execution was imminent.
Instantly after their execution on Friday, state media re-ran video posts of what had been offered because the defendants’ confessions, which Amnesty Worldwide stated had been extracted by torture.
“The surprising method by which the trial and sentencing of those protesters was fast-tracked by Iran’s judicial system amid using torture-tainted ‘confessions’, severe procedural flaws and a scarcity of proof is one other instance of the Iranian authorities’ brazen disregard for the rights to life and truthful trial,” Amnesty stated in a report on Wednesday.
“Majid Kazemi stated in an audio recording from jail that he was compelled to make false self-incriminating statements after interrogators beat him, gave him electrical shocks, subjected him to mock executions, and threatened to rape him, execute his brothers and harass his mother and father,” stated Amnesty.
The lads, who had been placed on trial in December and January, had been sentenced to demise on the cost of “enmity towards God” for the alleged possession of a firearm.
US State Division deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel, calling on Iran to not execute the three males, advised reporters on Thursday that their execution can be an affront to human rights.
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