Execution of Mahmoud Moussavi Majd
20th July 2020
On Monday morning, July 20, 2020, Mahmoud Moussavi Majd was executed.
According to “No to Prison – No to Execution”, the “high risk” prisoner’s death sentence, Mahmoud Moussavi Majd was was carried out on Monday morning, July 20, 2020. The whereabouts and exact information is not available but the execution was most probably carried out in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj.
Moussavi Majd was arrested on September 23, 2018. The Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal investigated his charges and sentenced him to death.
He was in prison since the date of his arrest until his execution and was never released.
Due to the objections in the case, he was trialed February 23, 2020 again and the Supreme Court once again upheld his death sentence.
Among his accusations were providing information about Iran’s proxy forces and terrorist Ghasem Soleimani’s travelling to Syria.
According to a letter from Mahmoud Moussavi Majd’s father to the judiciary, Mahmoud’s lawyer was not allowed to speak to his client in court. Mahmoud had denied the allegations. He said that he confessed under torture.
Mahmoud tells the trial procedure to his Lebanese cellmate, Nezar Zaka. “He was tortured and forced to confess to spying in front of the camera. Confess to a crime he did not commit. Mahmoud told Judge Salavati in the court that he had been forced to confess under torture, but Salavati did not accept.”
based on a report by IRGC intelligence agents and Mahmoud’s confessions, Judge Salavati sentences him to death on August 25, 2019.
Judge Salavati is accused of endorsing forced confessions under torture and the execution of dozens of innocent people.
On June 10, 1999, Gholam Hossein Esmaili, spokesman for the judiciary, said in response to a question about whether Moussavi Majd’s death sentence had been carried out: “It is in the process of implementation, it’s not like once the sentence is confirmed it will be immediately carried out. We don’t care about the made up atmosphere. The security of our society and country is our red line. The judiciary will deal with those who create insecurity with firmness and authority, and the atmosphere will not hold us back.”
Rokna News Agency wrote in a big headline: Trump responded decisively to the Iranian “Stop Executions” hashtag
Since July 14, 2020, a very large internet demonstration has been started in Iran and around the world against the death sentence. The hashtag has been tweeted over 10 million times.
In this way, the judiciary of Velayat-e-Faqih, headed by the executioner named Ebrahim Raisi, showed that they disregard international human rights laws and will keep answering with torture, floggings and executions until it has until now.
Since the beginning of 2020 to date, at least 139 people have been executed due to various reasons. In many cases, the executions are announced to up to several months later or are not made public at all, so that the real figures are much higher.
Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director of Middle East and North Africa, said:
“We deplore the Iranian authorities’ repeated use of the death penalty, which has earned it the shameful status of the world’s second most prolific executioner. There is no justification for the death penalty which is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, and we urge the Iranian authorities to abolish it.”
Iran has the highest number of executions in proportion to its population.
According to our sources and the statistics gathered from various sources, there were 281 executions in 2019, of which 15 were women.
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