On May 19, 2023, Iran executed three men convicted of violence against the country’s security forces during protests triggered after the custodial death of Mahsa Amini in 2022, the judiciary said.
The three men are Majid Kazemi, Saleh Mirhashemi, and Saeed Yaghoobi. They were executed on the grounds of “moharebeh,” or war against God, for killing three members of the security forces, the judiciary Mizan Online News website noted.
According to the Agence France Presse (AFP News), the three were arrested in November 2022 and sentenced to death in January 2023. They were also charged for joining the membership of “illegal groups to disrupt national security and collusion leading to crimes against internal security.”
The Iranian Judiciary noted, “evidence and documents in the case and clear statements made by the accused which show that these people carried out the shootings leading to the martyrdom of three security personnel.”
Unprecedented protests were witnessed in Iran following the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish Woman named Mahsa Amini in the police custody of Gasht-e Ershad. She was arrested for wearing an alleged breach of strict dress rules for women and not wearing the “hijab” properly.
The Iranian regime slammed the protests and labelled foreign-instigated “riots” during which thousands of Iranians were arrested and several hundred were killed.
With this, Iran has executed seven people in connection with the protests. “The prosecution relied on forced confessions, and the indictment was riddled with irregularities that reveal that this was a politically motivated case,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of New York-based Centre For Huan Rights in Iran.