Mohammad Zolfaghari

Iranian regime hangs two detained protestors

Two detained protesters, Mohammad Mahdi Karami (22) and Seyed Mohammad Hosseini (39), arrested during the nationwide uprising, were hanged this morning, Saturday, January 7, 2023.

The regime’s judiciary had charged the two with killing a member of the Basij and blocking the Karaj Expressway.

They had been arrested on November 3, 2022 and underwent torture. The regime’s Judiciary sentenced them to death on December 4, on the bogus charge of “corruption on earth” and the regime’s Supreme Court confirmed their death sentences.

The activist group HRANA quoted Karami’s lawyer as saying that his client has been on a hunger strike since January 4 in Karaj Central Prison to protest the court’s decision and its denial of his right to choose a lawyer of his choosing.

According to the judiciary, 16 people were arrested in connection with this case, while Karami and Hosseini were the main suspects.

Five people were handed death sentences in the case, while another 11 people, including three minors, were handed lengthy jail terms.

Iran’s protests began in mid-September after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old who was arrested by morality police in Tehran for allegedly not adhering to a mandatory dress code for women.

Foreign-based human rights organizations say more than 500 people have since been killed during the unrest.

About the Author
Mohammad Zolfaghari is a Baha'i News reporter and human rights defender who worked exclusively on Human Rights Violations especially religious minorities in Iran and as a documentary maker with Amnesty International. Lives in Norway.
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