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Iran executions rise as world busy with Israel-Hamas war

A man accused of killing a powerful senior cleric was executed in Iran, as rights groups warn of a rising number of executions.
Signs criticizing the Iranian Islamic Regime's use of the death penalty are seen in Trafalgar Square on Sept. 16, 2023, in London, England.

Iranian authorities on Wednesday executed a man convicted of killing a senior cleric, according to state media and the country’s judiciary website, amid growing criticism against the Iranian regime over an execution spree.

The man, who has not been named, was executed at Babol Prison in the province of Mazandaran in northern Iran in the presence of the slain cleric’s family, Mizan news agency reported.

On April 26, a guard working at a bank in the city of Babolsar in Mazandaran province approached Ayatollah Abbas Ali Soleimani from behind and shot him dead. Authorities gave no motive for the attack.

In May, the revolutionary court of Babolsar sentenced the guard to “qisas,” which entails retribution in kind under Islamic law, and the Iranian Supreme Court upheld the verdict.

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