Amnesty International today condemned the execution of 10 men in Iran on Monday morning, despite international pleas to spare their lives. The human rights organization said the executions were part of a “state killing spree” that has seen at least 368 people executed this year, most for drug offenses.
Saeed Sedeghi was permitted a “final meeting” with his mother at Evin Prison on Sunday, when judicial officials announced that his death sentence would be carried out early on Monday.
“Saeed Sedeghi and the nine other men executed today are the latest in Iran’s state killing spree, which has seen more than 360 individuals executed this year – the majority of them convicted drugs offenders. Such executions inflict needless suffering on Iranian families and are misguided, ineffectual and an affront to human rights,” said Ann Harrison, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.