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Mohammad Mahdi Karami and Seyed Mohammad Hosseini appealed the sentence, saying they were tortured into making false confessions. British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley said the execution was “disgusting”. The total number of protesters known to have been executed after the riot is now four. Demonstrations against the clerical organization erupted in September after a woman was arrested by her deputies on suspicion of wearing a hijab or headscarf “inappropriately” and died in custody. Iranian justice news agency Mizan said the two were the “main perpetrators” in the assassination of militia officer Ruhollah Ajamian. Prosecutors say he was stripped naked and killed by a group of mourners paying tribute to the recently killed protester.

The man received his first death sentence in December 2022 but attacked Human rights group Amnesty International condemned what it called a “fake” trial and said Iranian authorities were seeking the death penalty for at least 26 people. Karami’s family, 22, said they were denied visits before he was killed on Saturday. They were also asking the judiciary to spare his life. It’s about getting the death penalty out of my son’s case,” the father said. UK’s James Cleverley called on Iranian authorities to “stop the violence against its own people”, but said the EU was “appalled” by the use of the death penalty against protesters.

At least 516 protesters, including 70 children, have been killed and 19,262 arrested in the riots so far, according to the foreign-based human rights activist news agency. It also killed 68 security guards. Many of those detained after the protests have reportedly been subjected to enforced disappearance, incommunicado detention, torture, and other ill-treatment. Iranian officials have called the protests “riots” and accused foreign forces of instigating them.

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