Iranian authorities have executed two men accused of killing a security guard during an anti-government protest.
Protests have been taking place in Iran since September, with at least 517 protesters killed in demonstrations, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group monitoring the unrest.
Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Mohammad Hosseini were hanged on Saturday after being sentenced by Iran’s Supreme Court.
“Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, main perpetrators of the crime that led to the unjust martyrdom of Ruhollah Ajamian were hanged this morning,” the court said in a statement released by the official IRNA news agency.
Four men are now known to have been executed by the Iranian state since the protests began.
Iran’s state news agency Mizan said the men were found guilty of killing Ruhollah Ajamian, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ volunteer Basij force, in the town of Karaj outside Tehran. , November 3.
All of the men executed by the Iranian judiciary have faced speedy closed trials that have been criticized internationally.
In heavily edited footage shown on state television, one of the executed men, Karami, spoke to the Revolutionary Court about the attack, which also showed a re-enactment of the attack, prosecutors claim.
Amnesty International said the trials “didn’t look anything like a meaningful legal proceeding”.
Footage of Karami and Hosseini talking about the attack, and used as evidence for prosecutions, has been seen as coerced confessions by activists.
Anti-government protests rage in Iran
Activists say at least 16 people have been sentenced to death in closed hearings on charges related to the protests. Death sentences in Iran are usually carried out by hanging.
Activists in Iran also say more than 19,200 people have been arrested, although Iranian authorities have not provided an official tally of those killed or detained.
Security forces used live ammunition, tear gas and batons to disperse protesters, rights groups say.
The protests, which began in mid-September, were sparked by the death of Amini, 22, after he was arrested by Iranian vice squads for allegedly breaking the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code.
Women in particular have played a prominent role in the protests, with many publicly choosing to remove their hijab or cut their hair.
The protests mark one of the biggest challenges to the Iranian government since the 1979 revolution.