SOURCE: Iran News Update

DW Turner

July 02, 2013 13:10 ET

Iranian Regime Returns to Public Executions Following Election of Rohani as President

PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwired - July 02, 2013) - Today, IranNewsUpdate.com updated its story that the Iranian regime has returned to its practice of public executions. This practice had been briefly halted leading up to last month's presidential election. News comes from first hand accounts as well as broadcasts on Iran state television.

Two prisoners were publicly hanged in Salman Farsi Square in Ahvaz, Iran including Hossein Tokan, convicted of drug trafficking and an unnamed prisoner convicted of threatening the security forces. An additional two men were hanged in the major intersection of Golzar in Karaj on Sunday.

"Resumption of public executions demonstrates the real nature of the regime and how the notion of the election of Mr. Rohani as a moderate is, in fact, a myth," said Shahin Gobadi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). "As Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of NCRI underscored in her June 22nd Paris speech, 'nothing will change so long as freedom of expression and human rights are non-existent, so long as political prisoners and political parties are not free, so long as the regime's intransigent policy in Syria and Iraq remains intact and so long as the regime insists on obtaining nuclear weapons,'" added Gobadi.

Although hundreds of convicts are hanged every year in Iran, no statistics are publicly available. Public executions, however, are rare. Iranian authorities are known to say they try to prevent rising crime rates by setting harsh examples. 

Six other prisoners were hanged in prisons throughout Iran, totaling ten executions within less than a week by the Iranian Regime.

INU broke the story today on Twitter. As INU learns more the organization will update this story in realtime on Twitter at Twitter.com/IranNewsUpdate1 and on Facebook at Facebook.com/IranNewsUpdate. Exclusive photos and video footage are also available through NCRI including a report by the Iranian regime's state-run TV on the public hanging in city of Ahvaz on June 29, 2013.

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