MEK Iran: Regime Executes Political Prisoner Mostafa Salehi
On August 5th the Iranian regime’s state-run media announced that Mostafa Salehi, a political prisoner who was arrested during the December 2017 nationwide Iran Protests in Isfahan, had been executed.
The media issued a report based on fabricated facts, trying to justify the heinous crime of executing a protester.
New information indicates that #Iran protester Mostafa Salehi who was hanged on August 5, 2020, in Isfahan had been subjected to vicious tortures to confess the killing on an IRGV member. #StopExecutionsInIran #اعدام_نکنید https://t.co/6FHc9AUk8s
— IRAN HRM (@IranHrm) August 6, 2020
The regime is well-known for spreading false information about people and events. Before executions, it has often justified the penalty by forcibly extracting facts from political prisoners, much of which has been admitted under torture.
Executing someone and particularly a dissent of the regime or someone who supports freedom and democracy is done to frighten the masses and prevent them from retaliating or demonstrating against the terrorist offensive against ordinary hardworking Iranians. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), strongly condemned the torturous execution of Mostafa Salehi. She describes it as an effort to “terrorize the public and fend off popular upheavals.” She urged the international community to condemn such inhuman acts and in particular severe penalties that are imposed after a two-minute dash in and out of court with no lawyer present.
Social media calls for justice
Just a few days ago a worldwide twitter campaign released 12 million tweets which contained the hashtag #donotexecute. This was demanding a halt to the execution of three young people who were arrested during the November 2019 protest. On July 10th, the regime’s Judiciary confirmed the death penalty for Amir Hossein Moradi, Saied Tamjidi, and Mohammad Rajabi. Not long after the protests, the regime has put the executions on hold.
No good grounds for punishment
Amnesty International is firm in its belief that 25-year-old Moradi was arrested just from CCTV footage taken during the November 2019 protests. He was kept in a detention center of the Ministry of Intelligence & Security (MOIS) in Tehran and then he was moved for 4 weeks to Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. Here he was beaten repeatedly, tortured, administered electric shock treatment and an interrogator even bounced up and down on his chest.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) August 5, 2020
There was another protest on July 31st, 2020, in which families of incarcerated protesters held a rally showing how concerned they were that secret executions of their loved ones would take place. They had no idea what was happening as the inmates had their phones removed.
An announcement was made on July 13th where the Iranian regime officials established that on July 8th, 2020, a Mashhad man was executed for continually drinking alcohol. This is not only a cruel act but it is just a method that the regime is using to distract Iranians from the poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic that has to lead to tens of thousands of needless deaths. There is the nagging fear that even more, widespread protests against the regime are likely to take place as the economic foundation of the country begins to collapse.
Apart from the cruelty of this act, it is a manifestation of the regime’s reaction to its many crises such as the coronavirus outbreak, economic deadlock, conflicts between various currents of the regime, and its fear of another nationwide uprising.
Reporting by PMOI/MEKIran, August 5, 2020—The Iranian regime’s state-run media reported on Wednesday, August 5, that…