Iran Execution: Man Hung From Crane In Public Amid Protests

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran executed a second prisoner on Monday convicted over crimes dedicated in the course of the nationwide protests difficult the nation’s theocracy, publicly hanging him from a building crane as a ugly warning to others.

The execution of Majidreza Rahnavard got here lower than a month after he allegedly fatally stabbed two members of a paramilitary pressure after purportedly turning into indignant about safety forces killing of protesters.

The event underscores the velocity at which Iran now carries out demise sentences handed down for these detained within the demonstrations that the federal government hopes to place down.

Activists warn that not less than a dozen folks have already got been sentenced to demise in closed-door hearings. No less than 488 folks have been killed because the demonstrations started in mid-September, in accordance with Human Rights Activists in Iran, a bunch that’s been monitoring the protests. One other 18,200 folks have been detained by authorities.

Iran’s Mizan information company, which falls below the nation’s judiciary, printed a collage of pictures of Rahnavard hanging from the crane, his palms and ft sure, a black bag over his head.

Masked safety pressure members stood guard in entrance of concrete and steel obstacles that held again a gathered crowd early Monday morning within the Iranian metropolis of Mashhad.

Mizan alleged Rahnavard had stabbed two safety pressure members to demise Nov. 17 in Mashhad and wounded 4 others.

Footage aired on state TV confirmed a person chasing one other round a road nook, then standing over him and stabbing him after he fell towards a parked bike. One other confirmed the identical man stabbing one other instantly after. The assailant, which state TV alleged was Rahnavard, then fled.

The Mizan report recognized the useless as “student” Basij, paramilitary volunteers below Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The Basij (ba-SEEJ’) have deployed in main cities, attacking and detaining protesters, who in lots of instances have fought again.

In this photograph taken by a person not employed by the Related Press and obtained by the AP exterior Iran, Iranians protests the demise of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police, in Tehran, Oct. 1, 2022.

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A closely edited state tv report aired after Rahnavard’s execution confirmed clips of him within the courtroom. In the video, he says he got here to hate the Basijis after seeing video clips on social media of the forces beating and killing protesters.

The Mizan report accused Rahnavard of making an attempt to flee to a international nation when he was arrested.

Mashhad, a Shiite holy metropolis, is situated some 740 kilometers (460 miles) east of the Iranian capital, Tehran. Activists say it has seen strikes, retailers closed and demonstrations amid the unrest that started over the Sept. 16 demise in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old lady who had been detained by Iran’s morality police.

Mizan mentioned Rahnavard was convicted in Mashhad’s Revolutionary Court docket. The tribunals have been internationally criticized for not permitting these on trial to choose their very own legal professionals and even see the proof towards them.

Rahnavard had been convicted on the cost of “moharebeh,” a Farsi phrase that means “waging war against God.” That cost has been levied towards others within the many years because the 1979 Islamic Revolution and carries the demise penalty.

In the photographs of his execution, a banner bearing a Quranic verse: “Indeed the requital of those who wage war against Allah and His Apostle, and try to cause corruption on the earth, is that they shall be slain or crucified, or shall have their hands and feet cut off from opposite sides, or be banished from the land.”

A person in the Cypriot capital Nicosia checks a mobile phone on Dec. 12, 2022, displaying a tweet about the execution announced by Iranian authorities of Majidreza Rahnavard, the second capital punishment linked to nearly three months of protests.
An individual within the Cypriot capital Nicosia checks a cell phone on Dec. 12, 2022, displaying a tweet concerning the execution introduced by Iranian authorities of Majidreza Rahnavard, the second capital punishment linked to just about three months of protests.

Executions performed in public with a crane have been uncommon lately, although Iran used the identical method of hanging to place down unrest following the disputed 2009 presidential election and the Inexperienced Motion protests that adopted.

Usually, these condemned are alive because the crane lifts them off their ft, hanging by a rope and struggling to breathe earlier than they asphyxiate or their neck breaks.

Activists have put stress on corporations offering cranes to Iran prior to now, warning they can be utilized for executions.

From Brussels, the European Union’s international ministers expressed dismay on the newest execution. The bloc is to approve on Monday a recent sequence of sanctions towards Iran over its crackdown on protestors, and likewise for supplying drones to Russia to be used in its battle towards Ukraine, the bloc’s prime diplomat mentioned.

EU international coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned he spoke to Iran’s international minister concerning Tehran’s response to the protests and the most recent execution and that it was “not an easy conversation.”

“We are going to approve a very, very tough package of sanctions,” Borrell informed reporters as he arrived to chair the ministerial assembly in Brussels. Finland’s international minister mentioned that he additionally known as his Iranian counterpart.

German International Minister Annalena Baerbock described the execution as “a blatant attempt at intimidation” of Iranians.

“We are making clear that we stand beside innocent people in Iran,” Baerbock mentioned as she arrived on the Brussels assembly. “A system that treats its people in this way cannot expect to continue to have halfway normal relations with the European Union.”

Iran is likely one of the world’s prime executioners and usually executes prisoners by hanging. It executed the primary prisoner detained throughout demonstrations final Thursday.

Amnesty International has mentioned it obtained a doc signed by one senior Iranian police commander asking that the execution for one prisoner be “completed ‘in the shortest possible time’ and that his death sentence be carried out in public as ‘a heart-warming gesture towards the security forces.’”

Amid the unrest, Iran can also be battered by an financial disaster that has seen the nationwide forex, the rial, drop to new lows towards the U.S. greenback.

Related Press writers Lorne Cook dinner in Brussels and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to this report.