A first public hanging for two years in Iran

First public hanging in two years in Iran


Iran carried out its first public execution in more than two years on Saturday, with the hanging of a man convicted of killing a policeman, a non-governmental organization (NGO) reported as concern grows over growing repression in the country. 

Iman Sabzikar, a worker convicted of the murder of a policeman in February 2022 in the city of Shiraz (southern Iran), was hanged early in the morning at the scene of the crime, detailed the Norwegian NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), based on information relayed by Iranian state media.

His sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in early July.

“The resumption of this brutal punishment in public is meant to scare and intimidate people into not protesting,” said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of the IHR.

He called on the international community to react firmly and to protest against this “medieval” practice.

Images circulating on social networks claiming to report this execution and show a man wearing prisoner's clothes suspended several meters above the ground from a rope attached to the crane of a truck.

The executions in Iran generally take place inside prisons.

Public executions are used as a deterrent, especially when it comes to the killing of a member of the security forces, noted the NGO, indicating that the last public execution in Iran was on June 11, 2020.

The NGO fears that four men, also sentenced to death for the murder of police officers in separate, but similar cases, will face the same fate, and notes that the number of executions in the Islamic Republic doubled in the first half compared to the same period in 2021.

In recent weeks, activists have expressed concern over a crackdown growing in Iran as the economic crisis sparks unusual manifestations.

Reputable intellectuals and filmmakers were arrested.