Iran hangs 2 anti-hijab protesters for killing a security officer

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Mohammad Mahdi Karami and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini were hanged. (File)

Tehran:

Iran executed two men on Saturday after they were convicted of killing a member of its paramilitary force during protests over the death in custody of a young woman, the judiciary said.

The latest killings double the number carried out so far in connection with the nationwide protests. In December, two men were put to death, sparking global outrage.

“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 judicial news agency Mizan Online reported.

The first instance court had sentenced the two men to death in early December, it said, and on Tuesday the Supreme Court upheld the death sentences, accusing them of killing Ajamian on Nov. 3.

The victim was a member of the Basij militia – affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – who died in Karaj, west of Tehran.

Prosecutors previously said the 27-year-old was stripped naked and killed by a group of mourners who had paid tribute to a dead protester, Hadis Najafi.

Authorities have arrested thousands of people in the wave of demonstrations that began with the death in September in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman who had been arrested by vice police for allegedly violating strict dress codes for women.

Since the protest movement began, courts have sentenced 14 people to death in connection with the demonstrations, according to an AFP tally based on official information.

Four of them have been executed, two others have had their sentences upheld by the Supreme Court, six are awaiting retrial and two others can appeal.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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