19th June 2018
Amnesty International said that the Iranian authorities executed a man convicted of killing three police officers during clashes between police and members of the Sufi community (Darwish) in Iran in February 2018 despite international calls to stop the execution.
Iranian authorities accused Mohammed Salas of involvement in clashes in Tehran in February 2018, driving a bus against police officers, killing three police officers and injuring many others. However, Iranian human rights groups rejected the authorities' charges, adding that Mohammed Salas, 51 years of age, was arrested on February 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm local time in Tehran, while the three police officers were killed at 6 pm.
Iranian authorities arrested about 300 people from the Darwish community across Iran after days of protests against Iranian authorities' policy against this religious minority. Many detainees have not been released and faced unfair trials according to Iranian human rights groups.
According to Amnesty International, during court hearings in March 2018, Mohammad Salas repeatedly said that no police officers were killed by him. The court was unfair and did not respect the fundamental rights of Mohammad Salas for defending himself against the charges he faced. Mohammad Salas was tortured so badly that torture was found on the body of Mohammad Salas, according to his family.
After the execution of Mohammad Salas at Rajai Shahar prison on the morning of 18 June, the authorities transferred his body to the city of Borojurd in Loristan province, hundreds of kilometres from his family’s home in Tehran.
Therefore, the Gulf European Centre for Human Rights announces its shock and grief after the execution of Mohammad (Reza) Salas was reported on Monday (June 18th) without the knowledge of his family "and without taking care of the most basic rights such as a fair court.
The GECHR condemns the capital punishment against Mohammad Salas and urged the Iranian authorities to respect the right to life for religious minorities, including Deravish in Iran.