Iran Carries Out First Public Execution In 2 Years: Human Rights Group

Iran carries out first public execution in 2 years: human rights group

The resumption of this brutal punishment in public is intended to frighten people, the NGO said

Iran carried out its first public execution in more than two years on Saturday, said an NGO, which denounced the practice as “medieval” as concerns mount over increasing repression in the Islamic republic.

Iman Sabzikar, who was convicted of the February 2022 murder of a police officer in the southern city of Shiraz, was hanged early in the morning at the crime scene, Norway-based NGO Iran Human Rights said.

It said Iranian state media reported the public execution that took place and that the convict had been identified as Sabzikar, whose sentence to be hanged in public was confirmed by the Supreme Court earlier this month.

“The resumption of this brutal punishment in public is intended to frighten and intimidate people into protesting,” said IHL Director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam.

“We can increase the cost of carrying out such medieval practices by people who are more protesting against the death penalty – especially public executions – and the international community taking a strong stance,” he added.

Images circulating on social media claiming to be of the execution showed a man dressed in Iran’s standard light blue and black striped prison clothes, suspended several meters above the ground from a rope attached to a crane on a truck.

Executions in Iran usually take place within prison walls and activists say public executions are used as a deterrent, especially when the crime involves the murder of a member of the security forces.

IHR said the last recorded public execution was carried out on June 11, 2020. It added that four other men, all of whom were also sentenced to death for the murder of police officers in separate but similar cases, currently face the same fate.

In recent weeks, activists have expressed concern about the increasing crackdown in Iran as the country experiences unusual protests in light of the economic crisis.

Prominent film directors and other intellectuals have been arrested, while IHR has said the number of executions doubled in the first half of the year in 2022 from 2021.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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