Iran’s regime on Wednesday publicly hanged a man for killing a notorious Friday prayers’ leader of the city of Kazerun.
Hamid-Reza Derakhshandeh, who stabbed to death mullah Mohammad Khorsand on May 29, was hanged in public at the site of the murder.
Friday Prayer leaders are mullahs who represent the Iranian regime’s supreme leader in different cities, which makes them hated among the Iranian population who are fed up with the repression and corruption of regime officials.
Derakhshandeh, 47, had previously said he had punished the Friday prayers’ leader for stealing from poor people.
In comments following the killing of the regime’s Friday Prayer leader in Kazerun, Derakhshandeh said: “Dear people of Iran, I love all of you, I love the poor people of Iran, those who don’t have bread to eat at night, those who have become sick of having to borrow money to make ends meet…”
“I had heard and seen cases of injustice. Hundreds of these cases. There’s only so much I can do to buy and give to the poor. I saw these crimes. I’m not a criminal. This was my first time. My friends know me. I’m not a criminal.”
U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iranians It Says Are Linked to Regime’s WMD Program
The U.S has placed sanctions on the leaders of two procurement networks it says are linked to the Iranian regime for engaging in undercover acquisition activities that benefited the Iranian regime’s military.
The Treasury Department said Wednesday one of the networks is led by Iranian national Hamed Dehghan, the CEO and chairman of Pishtazan Kavosh Gostar Boshra, LLC, and manager and board chairman of Ebtekar Sanat Ilya.
The agency said the network operated by Hamed Dehghan used a Hong Kong-based company to evade U.S. and global sanctions, and to target U.S. technology and components for people linked to the Iranian regime and its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
The Treasury Department said the second network, led by Iranian national Seyed Hossein Shariat, purchased Nuclear Suppliers Group’s aluminum alloy products for the benefit of the Iranian regime’s military.
Iran Regime Sentences Woman to 24 Years for Protesting Compulsory Hijab
The Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced civil activist Saba Kord Afshari to 24 years in prison for protesting the compulsory hijab and refusing to give a “televised confession.”
Ms. Afshari, in her early twenties, is presently detained in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.
Saba Kord Afshari was repeatedly pressured to make video confessions, something that she strongly resisted and refused to do. The Intelligence Ministry even arrested her mother to bring further pressure and force her to force her make false confessions.
Ms. Kord Afshari was first arrested on August 2, 2018 during street protests front of the Daneshjoo Park in Tehran.
The maximum sentenced to be implemented for her is 15 years for “promoting corruption and prostitution by removing her veil and walking in the streets without the veil.”
In the lead-up to the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on 30 August, Amnesty International on Wednesday called on the United Nations to set up an independent investigation into Iran’s 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners.
The Iranian authorities’ “continued failure to disclose the fate and whereabouts of thousands of political dissidents who were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in secret during Iran’s 1988 prison massacres has sparked a crisis that for decades has been largely overlooked by the international community,” Amnesty International said on its website on August 28.
Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director at Amnesty International, said: “The families of those secretly killed in the 1988 prison massacres are still living through a nightmare. They and many others in Iran are haunted by the thousands of missing bodies, which have cast a spectre over the country’s justice system to this day.”
“It is misguided to view the 1988 mass killings as historical events. The enforced disappearances are ongoing and, 30 years later, victims’ families continue to be tormented by anguish and uncertainty over the fate of their loved ones,” he added.
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