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Iran's Supreme Court upholds death sentences for corruption

Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentences of two individuals charged with economic crimes in what the judiciary hopes is a “warning” to others.
A general view shows buildings in Tehran, Iran August 3, 2017. Picture taken August 3, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi/TIMA via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. - RC1A118A8860

In an attempt to stamp out economic crimes, Iran’s judiciary has once again resorted to its most severe punishment: the death penalty. On Oct. 21, Iran’s Supreme Court confirmed death sentences for Vahid Mazloumin, known as the “Sultan of Coins” in Iranian media, and Mohammad-Ismael Ghassemi.

According to Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, the spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, the death sentences for the two men were upheld and “would be carried out soon.” From the first day of the trial to the confirmation of their death sentences, it took just 43 days to convict and sentence Mazloumin and Ghassemi — a point noted by Mohseni-Ejei when highlighting the judiciary’s speed in confronting economic corruption. 

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