Two Death Sentences Issued in Tehran

Two defendants were sentenced to death for separate murder charges by the Tenth Branch of the First Criminal Court of Tehran.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Shargh newspaper, a man named Reza was sentenced to death by the Tehran Criminal Court for a murder committed in 2019.

According to Rokna news, Yashar was sentenced to death by the Tehran Criminal Court for murder, also committed in 2019.

Iran ranks first in the world in citizen executions per capita, according to international organizations. The Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) reported that between January 1 and December 20 of 2020, at least 236 citizens were executed.

One of these citizens was executed publicly, and two were juvenile offenders. An additional 95 citizens were sentenced to death.

According to the same report, more than 72% of executions in Iran are not reported by the government or the judiciary, which human rights organizations call “secret” executions.

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