Iran: 7 hanged in public in 7 days; 7 prisoners have fingers cut off in one day

The state-run daily, Kayhan, reported on Thursday, January 20, that four prisoners were hanged on Wednesday in Tehran's Qasr Prison. One of those executed was charged with killing a State Security Forces officer. The executions brought to seven the number of persons hanged in public in one week, from January 12 through 19.

Government-run newspapers reported earlier that a 21-year-old man was hanged in the northeastern city of Mashad on January 12, a 17-year-old was hanged in the southern port of Genaveh on January 15, and a 45-year-old man was hanged in the central city of Najafabad on January 16.

In a separate development, the state-run daily Qods reported on Thursday, January 20, that in a “mass punishment,” the clerical regime's officials amputated the fingers of seven men, aged between 18 and 53.

Unable to contain the growing antigovernment protests and demonstrations, and in a bid to overshadow the power struggle between rival factions, which is heating up as elections for the mullahs' Majlis approaches, the regime has resorted to more public hangings and other repressive measures

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 22, 2000

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