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Iran: four executions on January 7, and the murder of three young men in Sardasht, Saqez and Islamabad

INU – On January 7, the clerical regime hanged four prisoners in Qazvin and Gachsaran.  The youth executed in Gachsaran was a 24-year-old from Kohkiloyeh and Boyerahmad province. Three days earlier, a prisoner had also been executed in the prison of city of Sari.

Meanwhile, on January 8, at least two prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement in Bandar Abbas prison in preparation for their executions.

On January 5, fifty-nine people were arrested in the city of Mashhad.  Three prisoners in Dehdasht Township (in Kohkiloyeh and Boyerahmad province) were lashed in public in the previous days.

On the night of Saturday, January 4, security forces shot and killed a 26-year-old named Salman Khezri in Sardasht;  then they tied his body to a vehicle and pulled his body along the ground for 2 kilometers.

Two days earlier, two other young men lost their lives after they were shot by security forces in cities of Saqez and Islamabad. Kaveh Mostafai, 24, a resident of Saqez, was shot and killed merely for arguing with the security forces. Pouria Assadi, 30, a resident of Islamabad-e Gharb in Kermanshah province, was shot in one of the streets of the city by the regime’s suppressive forces and lost his life.  Although the murderer of this young man is known, the regime has not pursued the complaint by Assadi’s family.  Ramiyar Ebrahimi, a poor laborer who worked in Sardasht (Western Azerbaijan) was also shot last week by the regime’s agents and is now in a coma.

These executions and suppressive acts coincide with the visit of British MP, Jack Straw to Iran. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) condemns this trip as whitewashing the regime’s oppression of its people.  

The NCRI stated in a press release on Thursday: “The deafening silence of a number of western countries in the face of the barbaric and continuous violation of human rights in Iran, and shaking hands with the murderers of the Iranian people’s children, is equivalent to collaboration in these crimes.”

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