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Iran: Mass Executions Immediately After Election Farce

Nine executions on May 23

The mullahs’ regime in Iran has immediately relaunched its domestic crackdown machine after the election farce, especially through executions and torture in prisons across the country. 

Ten inmates in the prisons of Tabriz, Zahedan, Ardebil, Kermanshah and Isfahan, and Karaj Central Prison were hanged on May 22 and 23. Nine of these cases were carried out on May 23 alone.

Authorities in Zahedan executed 30-year-old Abdulkarim Shahnavazi and placed a noose on another prisoner. 

After witnessing Shahnavazi’s death, the latter was brought down from the gallows and told his execution will be carried in 40 days.

Seeking to rein in increasing protests and the abhorrence of the younger generation in cities across the country, the mullahs’ regime has yet again resorted to mass executions.

While referring to the huge numbers of intelligence and security agents deployed on Friday, May 19, Iranian Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli said, “All youths were in the streets during the last four nights. The situation was very concerning. Our state has enemies.”

Source: Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, May 24, 2017

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