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Three men convicted of killing policeman, Basij members in Isfahan executed

A police motorcycle burns during a riot over the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman who passed away after falling into a coma at a police center in the capital Tehran, Iran, on September 19, 2022. (Photo via Reuters)

Three men, convicted of launching a deadly terrorist attack against security forces in the central Iranian city of Isfahan during foreign-backed riots last year, have been executed in the country.

Mizan news agency, affiliated with the Iranian Judiciary, announced on Friday the executions of Majid Kazemi, Saleh Mirhashemi and Saeed Yaghoubi in the central city of Isfahan.

They were convicted of “moharebeh”, or “war against God”, for drawing a gun during a riot in Khaneh Esfahan town, located northwest of Isfahan city, on November 16, 2022, leading to the deaths of two members of the Basij voluntary force and a law enforcement officer.

The executions were carried out after the Supreme Court of Iran upheld the rulings. 

Citing confessions of convicts in the court, Mizan noted that they were in contact with the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), and carried out the terrorist attack upon orders from the Albania-based cult.

The court also handed imprisonment sentences to a number of other convicts of the case while also dropping charges against another individual.

Foreign-backed riots broke out in Iran in mid-September after the death of 22-year-old Iranian woman Mahsa Amini. She fainted at a police station in the capital Tehran and was pronounced dead three days later at the hospital. An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization concluded that Amini’s death was caused by illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.

Iran’s intelligence community has said several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have used their spy and propaganda apparatuses to provoke violent riots in the country.

Rioters went on a rampage, brutally attacking security officers and causing massive damage to public property. 

On February 5, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei pardoned or commuted the sentences of a large number of Iranian prisoners who had been arrested during the riots. The Leader’s amnesty covered all but murderers and terrorists.

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