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Two men convicted of blasphemy, desecration of Islamic values executed in Iran

An elderly man touches the pages of the Holy Qur’an, Islam’s sacred book, as he reads it on the second day of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (File photo via Twitter)

Two men who had been convicted of blasphemy, desecration of the Holy Qur’an, and insulting Islam, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and other Muslim sanctities have been executed in Iran.

Mizan news agency, affiliated with the Iranian Judiciary, on Monday identified those put to death as Yousef Mehrdad and Sadrollah Fazeli Zare’. It did not say when they were executed.

The two were running dozens of online anti-religion groups dedicated to the hatred of Islam, promotion of atheism and desecration of Muslim values, Mizan noted.

Mehrdad had personally formed an online group dedicated to Islamophobia, desecration of the Holy Qur’an and disrespect for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his Infallible Household (AS), and was employing two different user accounts for the purpose, according to the report.

One of the accounts was linked to an Iranian mobile phone number, while another was connected to a virtual French number.

Extensive and detailed investigations, together with his written confessions, revealed that Mehrdad had been highly active in encouragement of atheism and insult of religious sanctities.

In one instance, he burned a copy of the Qur’an – Islam’s holy book – filmed the desecration and published it online.

Mehrdad was apparently the admin of at least 15 anti-Islam online groups.

He said, while being interrogated, that he had been aided and abetted by Fazeli Zare’.

The latter also used a virtual French number to run online anti-religion groups.

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