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Iran executes two more protesters amid ongoing crackdown

Iran government on Saturday said it executed two men after finding them guilty of killing a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s volunteer Basij force during the anti-government protests, a claim refuted by defence lawyers.

“Mohammad Mahdi Karami and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, the main perpetrators of the crime that led to the martyrdom of Ruhollah Ajamian, were hanged this morning,” judicial news agency Mizan Online reported.

Karami, 21, was an Iranian-Kurdish karate champion who joined the national youth team and later won at the national championships.

Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, 20, was remembered for volunteering with children by a German parliamentarian who advocated his case, Middle East Eye reported.

The latest hangings bring the number of protesters executed since the protests that followed the death of Mahsa Amini to four.

The 22-year-old died on 16 September while being held in police custody after being arrested for allegedly wearing her mandatory hijab “inappropriately”.

Several activists condemned the execution. Figures by human rights groups suggest dozens of protesters, including children and women, are killed in violent crackdown by Iranian authorities.

“This is yet another sign of the Iranian authorities’ violent repression of civilian demonstrations,” the spokesperson for EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said in a statement.

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