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Iranian regime executes prisoner in Kazerun, prepares 8 others for execution in Karaj

Hamidreza Derakhshandeh, executed by the Iranian regime in Kazerun
Hamidreza Derakhshandeh, executed by the Iranian regime in Kazerun

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, August 28, 2019–On Wednesday morning, Iranian authorities executed Hamidreza Derakhshandeh, the man who had killed Mohammad Khorsand, the regime’s Friday Prayer Leader in Kazerun. Friday Prayer leaders are mullahs who directly represent Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime’s supreme leader, in different cities, which makes them much hated among the Iranian population who are fed up with the repression and corruption of regime officials.

Last year, Kazerun was shook by popular protests by thousands of citizens who were enraged by the regime’s policies to change the municipal divisions of the city, which would pave the way for more embezzlement by regime officials and result in lower services to the city’s inhabitants.

Popular protests across Iran regularly target Iranian regime officials, including Friday Prayer leaders, for their role in government corruption.

In comments following the killing of the regime’s Friday Prayer leader in Kazerun, Derakhsan had said, “Dear people of Iran, I love all of you, I love the poor people of Iran, those who don’t have bread to eat at night, those who have become sick of having to borrow money to make ends meet…

“I had heard and seen cases of injustice. Hundreds of these cases. There’s only so much I can do to buy and give to the poor. I saw these crimes. I’m not a criminal. This was my first time. My friends know me. I’m not a criminal.”

In other news, Iranian authorities in Gohardasht prison, Karaj, transferred eight prisoners to solitary confinement to prepare them for execution. The names of the prisoners are as follows:

  • Manuchehr Dehghani
  • Alireza Behrad
  • Mohsen Rezaiian
  • Ebrahim Yarmout Oghli
  • Ahmad Ghareh Baghi Balaei
  • Reza Mousavi Borghani
  • Alireza Araei
  • Mirzaei

On Monday, the regime executed a 25-year-old man in Babol, northern Iran, and a woman in Mashhad. The Iranian regime is the record holder of executions per capita. More than 3,700 people have been executed during the tenure of Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani, whom many western politicians view as a “moderate” figure.