Two others were hanged for attacking and killing Iranian security forces in the protests that erupted over Mahsa Amini’s death.
After the country’s Supreme Court executed the two men in December for ‘corruption in the world’, two more men, Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Mohammad Hosseini, were executed early Saturday, the official news outlet of the judiciary said.
People protested in the city of Karaj near Tehran to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of a man named Hadis Najafi while in police custody. At the time, Karami and Hosseini were accused of killing security forces member Ruhullah Azmian on November 3.
According to the Department of Justice, 16 people were arrested in connection with his death. Karami and Hosseini were then on the list of prime suspects.
They confessed to the murder. Karami told the court he hit Azmian with a rock. Hosseini said he stabbed her several times.
A total of four people were sentenced to death after Saturday. However, confessions were allegedly coerced from the victims.
In an audio clip circulating online, a man claiming to be Karami’s father said his 22-year-old son was innocent. But the Justice Department rejected his claims and released clips of interviews with alleged witnesses to Azmian’s murder.
The Supreme Court accepted the appeal of three others in the case, citing incomplete investigations. But it has executed several others in various cases, and Amnesty International has warned that dozens more could be at risk of execution.
Iranian protests erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini in mid-September. Foreign-based human rights organizations say more than 500 people have been killed during the protests.