Iran: Paris denounces ‘heinous’ executions

Iran: Paris denounces ‘heinous’ executions

The French Foreign Ministry on Saturday, January 7, described as “outrageous” the executions of Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, who were sentenced to death in connection with demonstrations in Iran.

The Iranian judiciary announced on Saturday January 7th the hanging of Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini. Authorities say both men are guilty of killing a paramilitary man during protests sparked by the death of the young girl in custody Mahsa Amini.

This did not fail to respond to the Quai d’Orsay in a press release: “The execution of demonstrators cannot replace a response to the Iranian people’s legitimate aspirations for freedom,” specified the head of French diplomacy, Catherine Colonna, who last spoke on the sidelines of a regional summit in Jordan “told his Iranian counterpart on December 20”.

A judiciary that is described as “rapid”.

A lower court sentenced the two men to death on December 4 and the Supreme Court upheld their sentences on January 3. A judiciary described by human rights NGOs as “quick”.

“These appalling executions come on top of the many other grave and unacceptable violations of fundamental rights and freedoms committed by the Iranian authorities,” the Quai d’Orsay added. And France has repeatedly denounced these violations “publicly and directly to the Iranian authorities and to its partners in the European Union,” he recalled.

“A most reprehensible practice”

Earlier, the European Union had expressed its dismay and “again called on the Iranian authorities to put an immediate end to the highly reprehensible practice of imposing and carrying out death sentences on demonstrators.”

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According to an official AFP count, 14 people have been sentenced to death since the beginning of the protest movement.