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Iran executes man for killing two clerics in April

Iran executes man for killing two clerics in April
posted onJune 20, 2022

Iran on Monday morning hanged a man convicted of killing two clerics in a stabbing attack in April at a revered Shiite shrine, the state television reported.

The report says the death penalty was carried out by hanging after the country’s Supreme Court upheld a verdict issued earlier by a Revolutionary Court in northeastern city of Mashhad, the place of the attack.

The convicted man was identified as Abdollatif Moradi and authorities said he had stabbed three clerics. Two died, one instantly, the other later in a hospital.

No further details were available following the attack at the city’s Imam Reza shrine.

However, Tasnim news agency affiliated with Iranian Revolutionary Guards said Moradi was an Uzbek national who had entered Iran illegally through Pakistan a year ago.

Iran has not offered a motive for the stabbing. Four other suspects were arrested on charges of collaboration in the attack.