BEHIND THE IRAN HEADLINES Series, January 24, 2024, Alireza Jafarzadeh, NCRI-US Deputy Director
In the early hours of Tuesday, January 23, the henchmen of Iran’s religious dictatorship cowardly executed Mohammad Qobadlou, a 23-year-old imprisoned during the 2022 protests, on charges of killing a regime’s repressive agent.
Simultaneously, Farhad Salimi, a Sunni political prisoner who had been incarcerated for 14 years, was heinously hanged in the same prison. He was on a hunger strike at the time of his execution.
Farhad Salimi was arrested in December 2009 and tortured in detention to force a false confession. He and six others were sentenced to death on charges of “acting against national security,” disseminating “propaganda against the state,” and “Corruption on Earth.”
The countless instances of rising bloodshed committed by Khamenei’s declining regime reveal his fear of the eruption of the next wave of uprisings by the Iranian people, more threatening to its survival than the previous ones. This latest show of cruelty, however, will only fuel the flames of Iranians’ fury and resistance.
In the aftermath of these executions, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, appealed to the United Nations and the European Union to take immediate action to halt the mullahs’ killing machine and save the lives of thousands of prisoners on death row, particularly political prisoners, imprisoned protesters, and three other defendants in Salimi’s case.
Since the October 7th war, which was primarily instigated by the warmongering clerical regime, at least 360 prisoners have been executed in Iran. From December 22, 2023, to January 20, 2024, 99 prisoners were executed alone.
Silence and inaction will only embolden the mullahs’ regime to escalate its crimes within Iran and abroad.
As Iranians and their Resistance Units work to change this terrorist regime, the international community must align its policies with them by acknowledging the Iranian people’s legitimate right to oppose the regime and defend themselves against terror entities led by the IRGC.