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Four prisoners executed in Urmia as Iran’s regime tries to prevent nationwide protests

Rally of the MEK supporters in London in protests against the wave of executions in Iran.
Rally of the MEK supporters in London in protests against the wave of executions in Iran.

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 5, 2021—Iranian authorities in Urmia prison executed four prisoners on Sunday, April 4. These prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement a day before. The executed prisoners were identified as Mohammad Karim Mohammadpour from Oshnavieh county, Ahmad Nematvand, Sadegh Mahi, and Mir Soltan Amiri from Urmia.

According to reports obtained from inside Iran, on Saturday, April 3, the authorities of Urmia prison transferred at least eight prisoners to solitary confinement to prepare them for execution. The prisoners’ family members and relatives rallied in front of the prison in protest.

These inhuman acts of the mullahs’ regime are aimed to create an atmosphere of fear and repression in order to control the explosive state of the Iranian society, especially as the regime gets ready for its sham presidential elections, scheduled in June.

The regime is extremely afraid from the possible eruption of nationwide protests, and despite its increasingly repressive measures, protests continue to expand in different cities. Its only a matter of time before these protest merge and become a nationwide movement, many officials warn.

On March 3, the state-run daily Arman warned about the powder keg situation of the Iranian society. It wrote, “The more we promise people and delay the solution of fundamental problems, the greater the intensity of the social explosion. When the economic pressure on the people exceeds, these pressures will naturally lead to street protests. People hate a government that cannot solve their needs.”

Therefore, following major protests of November 2019 and January 2020, the regime has intensified repression during the whole of 2020.

Iran has the world’s highest number of executions per capita. According to Iran Human Rights Monitor, at least 255 persons were executed last year. Since the beginning of 2021, the regime has executed 84 people and at least 90 juvenile offenders in Iran are on death row.

At least 12 political prisoners were among those executed, including the 27-year-old wrestler and national champion, Navid Afkari and Mostafa Salehi, both arrested for participating in anti-regime protests in 2017 and 2018.

The regime’s head of Judiciary is Ebrahim Raisi, who was a member of the Death Committees in 1988 that ordered executions of more than 30,000 political prisoners in a matter of weeks.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has repeatedly called to refer the mullahs’ regime’s dossiers of human rights to the United Nation Security Council. The leader of the Iranian opposition also reiterated the need for an international delegation to visit the clerical regime’s prisons and meet with prisoners, especially political prisoners.