Crime & Justice

Iran executes 2 men for attack on Shia shrine

Cairo, Jul 8 (EFE).- Iran hanged two men early Saturday for carrying out an attack on a Shia shrine in October last year that left 13 people dead, Iranian state media reported.

The execution took place in the southern city of Shiraz near the site of the attack, the official IRNA news agency reported.

At the time of the conviction it was established that the sentence would be executed in public.

The men said during the trial that they had been in contact with the Islamic State in neighboring Afghanistan and that they helped organize the attack on the Shah Cheragh shrine in Shiraz, Iranian media reported.

According to IRNA, the initial verdict against those convicted was announced on March 16, 2023, which was upheld by the Supreme Court after an appeal.

The men were found guilty of planning and aiding the execution of the attack.

On Oct. 26, 2022, a man opened fire on pilgrims in a Shia shrine in Shah Cheragh in Shiraz, the capital of Fars province in southern Iran, in which 13 people were killed and 30 others were injured.

The perpetrator was also killed in the attack.

The Iranian justice system carries out one of the highest number of capital punishments in the world, with 314 executions in 2021, according to the nonprofit Amnesty International. EFE


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