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Iran Executions: Mohammad Salas, the Gonabadi Dervish, Hanged

18 Jun 18
Iran Executions: Mohammad Salas, the Gonabadi Dervish, Hanged

Iran Human rights (Jun 18, 2018): Mohammad Salas, the Gonabadi dervish who was arrested and sentenced to death after the protests of the Gonabadi dervishes in February 2018, was hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison this morning.

According to Tasnim news agency, on the morning of Monday, June 18, Yavar Mohammad Salas was hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison. A few minutes later, the official news agency of the Judiciary, Mizan, also confirmed the execution of Mohammad Salas. Quoting an eyewitness, a close source told Iran Human Rights (IHR) that Mohammad Salas was calm before the execution and was smiling and singing a song while being taken to the gallows. 

Mohammad Salas was arrested on February 19, 2018, after the protests of the Gonabadi dervishes. He was charged with the murder of three police officers by running over them by a bus.

Branch 9 of the Criminal Court of Tehran issued the verdict after less than two months of Mohammad Salas’s arrest while he wasn’t in touch with his lawyer during the first trial.

There are many facts proving that Mohammad Salas’ case was not processed justly or at least the required standards were not met. Several reports indicated that the Gonabadi dervish was tortured before and during the arrest and after his first trial.

Mohammad Salas himself has denied the charges after his first trial and according to a family member he was subjected to ill-treatment resulting in a fracture of one of his fingers because of that.

Iran Human Rights strongly condemned this execution in a statement published few hours after his execution.