Iran hangs three Balouchi men over prosecutor’s murder
According to the United Nations, more than 170 people have been executed in Iran since the beginning of 2014
Three Balouchi men convicted of killing last year an Iranian prosecutor in a restive southeastern province near the Afghan border was hanged in public on Saturday, IRNA state news agency reported.
Public prosecutor Mousa Nouri was gunned down in the city of Zabol, in Sistan-Baluchistan province, along with his driver in November in a murder first claimed by a Sunni extremist group.
The three men convicted of his murder, Omir Piri, Alireza Dehmardeh and Iman Galavi "were sentenced to death for forming a terror team and killing... Nouri," IRNA said.
They were executed "in public this morning" in the same spot where Nouri was shot dead "after the Supreme Court upheld the verdict," the agency said.
The Sunni extremist group, Jaish-ul Adl (Army of Justice in Arabic), had claimed responsibility for Nouri's murder saying it was in retaliation for a mass hanging of Sunni rebels by Shiite-dominated Iran, according to Agence France-Presse.
However, Iranian officials dismissed the claim, saying the attack was carried out by drug smugglers who held a grudge against the prosecutor.
Earlier this month, an Iranian resistance group had called for the lives of the three Balouchi political prisoners on death row to be spared.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran said in the statement on April 18 the prisoners had been transferred from solitary confinement to solitary cells to await their execution.
The group said the prisoners were “deprived of lawyer and a fair judicial process. They were condemned to death in mullahs’ sham courts.”
According to the United Nations, more than 170 people have been executed in Iran since the beginning of 2014.