Iran: Iran executes 3 people for anti-government protests

Iran on Friday executed three men it said were involved in the deaths of three members of its security forces during anti-government protests last year, the country’s judiciary said.
Majid Kazemi, Saleh Mirhashemi And Said Yaghoubi were executed in the central city of Isfahan, the court said on Twitter, adding that they had “martyred” two members of the paramilitary Basij force and a law enforcement officer on November 16. Amnesty International said the expedited trial of the men was flawed and used “torture-tinged ‘confessions'”. Iran denies that confessions are extracted under torture.
Friday’s executions brought to at least seven the number of protesters hanged since nationwide protests began last fall and have turned into one of the boldest challenges to religious leaders since the 1979 revolution .
They were sparked by the death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini while in Iranian morality police custody on September 16. Ahead of their impending execution, the three men on Wednesday appealed in a handwritten note for public support, saying, “Don’t let them kill us.”
“We need your help,” the note read, making calls to stop the executions. Families and supporters held night vigils outside Dastgerd prison in Isfahan to support the three men held there. The men had a final meeting with their families on Wednesday. Immediately after their execution on Friday, state media replayed videos of what were presented as the confessions of the defendants, which Amnesty International says were extracted through torture.
U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel, calling on Iran not to execute the three men, said on Thursday that their execution would be a violation of human rights. Reuters


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