Iran has executed four people in connection with nearly four months of demonstrations since the death in custody of Mahsa Amini following her arrest for allegedly violating the country's dress code for women.
Among those executed in 2022 were "prisoners with serious mental illness, brain damage, intellectual disability, and strong claims of innocence," says Death Penalty Information Center.
Majidreza Rahnavard was sentenced to death by a court in the city of Mashhad for killing two members of the security forces with a knife, the judiciary's Mizan Online news agency reported.
The supreme court handed death sentences to the men for "their intelligence cooperation with the Zionist regime (Israel) and kidnapping", the judiciary's news agency said.
Shadeed Abdulmateen was found guilty of a "premeditated revenge killing" of his girlfriend in June 2021 after disagreements over their relationship.
Iran's judiciary authority lashes out at UN special rapporteur, saying he has favoured a "biased and politically-motivated approach."
Human rights groups point that confessions were extracted under torture and the alleged crime was committed when the convict was 17, a minor.
The men were accused of starting fires in Syria that killed at least three people and damaged 370 homes in September of last year.
Even though a moratorium on capital punishement had been in place since 2003, courts in the Central Asian country had continued to sentence convicts to death in exceptional circumstances.
Ruhollah Zam was hanged early on Saturday morning after a court found him guilty of, “corruption on Earth.”
Human Rights defenders say 'grossly unfair trials' have become the norm since the 2013 military coup against a democratically-elected government.
Once a Sahwa leader and a trusted aide of the royal family, Salman al Odah could face the death penalty on terrorism-related charges.
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