Iran. Washington criticizes latest executions and death sentences

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The United States government on Monday joined other Western countries in criticizing the latest executions and new death sentences in Iran, following protests against Iran’s theocratic regime.

“We condemn the executions of Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Mohammad Hosseini and the additional sentences announced today [Monday],” U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stressed.

In a statement released via the social network Twitter, Sullivan added that the US joins “partners around the world who are calling for an immediate end to the abuses,” further assuring that Iran “will be held accountable.”

The European Union on Monday called Iran’s ambassador to the European institutions, Hossein Dehghani, for consultations to protest the executions last Saturday of two more people convicted of participating in the protests.

The Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Stefano Sannino, appealed to the Iranian diplomat to Tehran to “immediately” put an end to the imposition of death sentences on protesters and to cancel “without delay” all those already handed down by the authorities.

Iran already has 16 death sentences and four executions since the protests began last September, triggered by the death at the hands of the morality police of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was violently beaten on a Tehran street for not wearing the ‘hijab’ (Islamic veil) properly put on, leaving part of her hair visible.

In addition, the heavy police crackdown to try to stop the demonstrations has so far led to more than 500 deaths and nearly 20,000 arrests across the country.

The authorities hanged 23-year-old Mohsen Shekari on December 8 for having “wounded an Islamic militia guard (basiji) with a white weapon, blocked a street and created terror in Tehran.”

Four days later, a second protester, Majid Reza Rahnavard, convicted of the murder of two security officers, was executed in public.

On Saturday, Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Mohammad Hosseini were executed for the alleged murder of an Islamic militia guard (basiji).

The European Union has already approved three sanctions packages against Iran for the executions and the crackdown on protesters.

Countries such as France, the UK, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands have also recalled Iran’s ambassadors to their countries.