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France and Germany condemn Iran’s second execution as EU tightens sanctions

The execution of a second Iranian prisoner is “a blatant attempt at intimidation” by the Iranian government, the German foreign minister said on Monday.

“A system that treats its citizens in this way cannot hope to continue to have half-normal relations with the European Union,” said Annalena Baerbock.

His comments came ahead of an EU summit where the bloc sanctioned Iran, blacklisting figures from the regime, the military and the country’s state television and radio.

Majidreza Rahnavard was hanged from a construction crane in the northern Iranian city of Mashad on Monday after being accused of murdering two security guards and injuring four others during protests in Iran. national scale.

Rahnavard was found guilty of “moharebeh” (waging war against God), a charge used since the 1979 Islamic Revolution carrying the death penalty.

Iranians have been protesting since September in what has become the biggest challenge to the Islamic government in recent history.

The unrest was sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was arrested by the country’s vice squad for failing to wear her hijab properly.

“Iranian authorities continue to suppress protests and execute protesters,” said senior European diplomat Josep Borrell. “We are targeting those involved in this crackdown.”

He previously said the bloc would approve “a very, very tough set of sanctions” against Iran for its brutal crackdown on protesters and for supplying drones to Russia.

In November, Iran admitted to supplying Russia with military drones that have been used to cripple Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, although Moscow denies using Iranian-made equipment.

The French Foreign Ministry also denounced human rights violations by the Iranian regime.

“France condemns in the strongest terms the public execution today of an Iranian man sentenced to death following his participation in the demonstrations.”

“Iran must understand that the European Union will strongly condemn these acts and take all possible measures to support young women, peaceful protesters and certainly the rejection of the death penalty.”

Human rights groups have widely denounced Majidreza Rahnavard’s hanging, with the American Center for Human Rights in Iran describing it as a “state-sponsored murder”.

Amnesty International also criticized the Iranian government on Monday in an indirect tweet, which simply read: “Abolish the death penalty. Abolish the death penalty. Abolish the death penalty. Abolish the death penalty.

On December 8, Iran carried out its first execution linked to the recent protests, killing Moshen Shekari, whom authorities accused of blocking a street and attacking a member of the security forces with a machete in Tehran.

Iranian security forces have been accused of using excessive violence against protesters, using batons, rubber bullets and sometimes firing live ammunition into crowds. Some protesters say violence is necessary in self-defense.

The first execution drew widespread international condemnation, with the German foreign minister tweeting “The inhumanity of the Iranian regime knows no bounds”.

The news was also met with disdain in the United States, with State Department spokesman Ned Price warning Tehran that the international community will apply more sanctions.

“As this violent crackdown on peaceful protesters continues, the Iranian regime should know that the world is watching.”

“We are committed to supporting the people of Iran and imposing costs on those responsible for the brutal repression.”

Human rights activists in Iran, a group that monitors the protests, warned that at least a dozen Iranians had already been sentenced to death in closed hearings.

Around 18,200 people have been arrested by the authorities.

According to the Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights, the country is one of the world’s top executioners and has killed more than 500 prisoners so far this year – the highest number in five years.

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