First public execution in two years in Iran

First run in&nbsp ;public in two years in Iran

Iman Sabzikar is the first prisoner executed in Iran for two years.

Iran carried out its first public execution in more than two years on Saturday with the hanging of A man convicted of murdering a police officer, an NGO has reported, as concern grows over the growing crackdown in the country.

Iman Sabzikar, a laborer convicted of murdering a policeman in February 2022 in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, was hanged early in the morning at the crime scene, detailed the incident. x27;Norwegian NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) based on information relayed by Iranian state media.

His sentence had been confirmed by the Court supreme in early July.

“The resumption of this brutal punishment in public is intended to scare and intimidate people into not protesting.

— Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, Director of the IHR

He called on the international community to react strongly and protest against this medieval practice.

Images are circulating on social networks to report this execution and show a man dressed in prisoner's clothes suspended several meters above the ground on a rope attached to the crane of a truck.

Executions in Iran usually take place inside prisons.

Public executions are used as a deterrent, especially when it is is about the murder of a member of the security forces, noted the NGO, indicating that the last public execution in Iran dated back to June 11, 2020.

L& #x27;ONG fears that four men, also sentenced to death for the murder of police officers in separate but similar cases, will suffer the same fate. She notes that the number of executions in the Islamic Republic doubled in the first half of the year compared to the same period of 2021.

Activists have expressed concern in recent weeks in the face of growing repression in Iran as the economic crisis sparks unusual protests.

Famous intellectuals and filmmakers have been arrested.

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