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Iran Likely to Put 3 Demonstrators to Death for Killing Police Personnel

3 defendants in the Isfahan House case have been convicted of warfare

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IRAN: Authorities in Iran are planning a new round of executions due to footage showing three protestors confessing to the murder of three security officials in the “Isfahan House case”. Since late April, more than 60 people have been put to death in the country, many of them drug offenders. A dozen human rights attorneys were also called to a meeting at the prosecutor’s office in the Evin jail in Tehran.

Ali Mojtahedzadeh asked why a lawyer who is always in the prosecutor’s office should be summoned to the prosecutor’s office as an accused. One of the attorneys who use social media regularly has been informed that she will be charged with “propaganda against the regime”.

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Majid Kazemi, Saeed Yaqoubi, and Saleh Mirhashemi, the three defendants in the Isfahan House case, were convicted of warfare and charged with the five-day-old murders of three Basij police officers in Isfahan. The only evidence used against them is confessions obtained through torture. 

The most recent official videos aired on state television could be seen as an effort to get the public ready for their death. One of the males acknowledged that Instagram had impacted him and expressed his appreciation to the authorities for screening the social media platform.

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Kazemi revealed he had been forced to say in court that he did not act in any way or possess a weapon. He was transferred out of the public ward, and his cousin protested his innocence. Hearings for the guys only lasted four days, and they were found guilty. 

Police radio recordings from the time do not support the prosecution’s assertion that the defendants shot at officers while riding motorcycles. Volker Türk, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, has called for Iran to halt all executions and abolish the death penalty.

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As per Türk, Iran is one of the world’s highest executors, with at least 209 people executed since January 1, 2023. Habib Chaab, a Swedish-Iranian, was executed by the nation last week, accused of corruption and sentenced to death. He was detained by Iranian agents in Turkey.

The supreme court of Iran affirmed Jamshid Sharmahd’s death sentence on April 26, putting him in grave danger. His daughter, Bernard Phelan, and Benjamin Brière were both freed by Iran on Friday. Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was “Iran’s red line,” referring to the anticipated Iranian response to any EU move to outlaw it.

The Irish foreign ministry reportedly accepted the IRGC as a force battling terrorism, but Ireland did not corroborate this. Iran is chosen to lead the UN Human Rights Council’s social forum on November 2 and 3. Ali Bahraini, the Iranian ambassador to the UN in Geneva, was characterised as “shocking ethical blindness” by Hadi Ghaemi.

The government has come under fire for putting up banners at the international book fair in Tehran with fictitious quotes from well-known authors endorsing the hijab.

Leo Tolstoy and Victor Hugo are quoted as saying that the lack of hijab is the reason for the increase in divorce in Europe. Women have “such power that the strongest men cannot resist” when their face is combined with dignity and chastity.

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