And the “Mizan” agency affiliated with the judiciary stated, on its website, that “after the verdict against Shahrouz Sakhnouri, known as Alex, was approved, the death sentence was executed by hanging this morning.”
It indicated that Sakhnouri was convicted of “corruption on earth” for “establishing and managing a wide network of prostitution at the international level that included Iranian and foreign women.”
The judicial authority stated that the convict left the Islamic Republic in 1983 and resided in various countries, including Malaysia, India, the UAE, Ukraine and the United States, before the authorities were able to arrest him and return him to Iran in 2020.
Mizan did not specify the country where he was arrested or how.
The announcement of Sakhnouri’s execution came the day after the judiciary confirmed the execution of the death sentence against Majid Kazemi, Saleh Mirhashemi and Saeed Yaqubi, after they were convicted of “haraba” and the killing of three members of the security forces during a protest movement in the city of Isfahan (center).
A protest movement shook various parts of Iran, starting on September 16, following the death of Amini (22 years old) after she was arrested by the morality police in Tehran on the grounds of violating the strict dress code imposed on women.
During the demonstrations, which the authorities generally considered “riots” incited by foreign countries, hundreds of people were killed, including dozens of security forces, and thousands were arrested. With the new sentences implemented, the number of those executed in cases related to the protests reached seven men.
The judiciary had previously executed death sentences against four people who had been convicted of assaulting security men on the sidelines of the protests that took place in various parts of the country between September and the end of 2022, before their intensity and extent declined significantly.
Iran is the second country in the world in terms of the number of executions carried out after China, according to non-governmental organizations to defend human rights, including Amnesty International.
On May 9, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk also condemned the “staggeringly high number” of death sentences carried out this year in Iran, averaging more than ten per week.
In 2022, 582 people were executed, an increase of 75 percent over the previous year, according to human rights organizations outside Iran.