Iranian judicial authority has said that the country executed two men on Saturday after they were found guilty of killing a paramilitary officer during protests sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini.
“Iran executes two men in connection with protests…Two men were executed in Iran on Saturday after being found guilty of killing a paramilitary officer during protests sparked by the death in custody of a young woman,” AFP reported quoting the judiciary.The men have been identified as Mohammad Mahdi Karami and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini.
“Mohammad Mahdi Karami and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, the main perpetrators of the crime that led to the martyrdom of Ruhollah Ajamian, were hanged this morning,” the report added citing judicial news agency Mizan Online.
The execution comes amid the continuous protest in the country after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in the custody of controversial Iran’s moral police in September last year. According to France 24, Iran state news agency reported that an official from the Basij, a paramilitary volunteer branch of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard was killed by several protesters on November 12 last year.
The official, identified as Ruhollah Ajamian, was attacked with knives and stones by 16 people, the report added.The Iranian authorities sentenced five people to death for allegedly killing the officer and awarded eleven others lengthy prison sentences. The 13 men and three minors had been charged with the killing of the officer, according to the report from IRNA, Iran’s state news agency, quoted France 24.
Three boys were charged by Iran’s Criminal Court, according to the report. Iran’s judiciary spokesman, Masoud Setayeshi, who is cited in the report, provided no evidence to support any of the accusations.
The report mentions that the alleged killing took place In Karaj, near Tehran, on November 12 when the 16 accused encircled and attacked Ajamian with knives and stones. IRNA did not disclose the identities of the 16.