Iran executed innocent Dervish, Mohammad Salas

Iran executed innocent Dervish, Mohammad Salas

Published by on June 19, 2018

Iranian regime executed Mohammad Yavar Salas at down on Monday 18 June amidst international calls for his release.

He was sentenced to death in an arbitrary manner in violation of the Iranian regime’s own laws. According to his lawyer, despite credible evidence about the falsity of the charges against him the regime dismissed his appeal and refused to reinstate the trial of Mohammad Salas.

Chair of the Friends of a Free Iran in European Parliament, Gérard Deprez, MEP, issued a statement on Monday 18 June 2018 about execution of Mr Salas expressing “great regret and outrage” that the “Islamic Republic of Iran executed an innocent man from the country’s Sufi religious minority”.

Mohammad Salas, 51, a Gonabadi Dervish (Sufi), was arrested in February 2018 during the protests in Tehran. He was tortured, had his teeth, nose, ribs and scalp broken (he needed 17 stitches on his head), lost his vision, and was forced to sign a false ‘confession’ which was then used to sentence him to death.

Amnesty International has also condemned the the execution of the Sufi “after grossly unfair trial”.

According to witnesses who were not allowed to testify to the court, Salas had been arrested and beaten up hours before the incident for which he was later accused of.

Friends of a Free Iran in the European Parliament which enjoys the support of many MEPs from all political groups called on “the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani to immediately condemn this brutal act of barbarity that has been carried out by the Iranian regime”.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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