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Iran executes man over stabbing 3 clerics in Mashhad

A general view of a courtroom shows suspected opposition supporters (in grey) attending the latest session in their trial at the revolutionary court in Tehran on August 25, 2009. Several aides to former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami and top reformists were put on trial on charges of masterminding the post-election unrest which rocked the Islamic republic. Among the some 20 people in the dock were a former minister and a number of other top political figures as well as journalists and academics. Portraits on the wall show the Islamic republic's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and his predecessor, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. AFP PHOTO/FARS NEWS/HASSAN GHAEDI (Photo credit should read Hassan Ghaedi/AFP via Getty Images)
A general view of a courtroom at the revolutionary court in Tehran on August 25, 2009 [Hassan Ghaedi/AFP via Getty Images]

Iran has executed a man over the murder of two clerics and the wounding of another in a knife attack carried out in April at the Imam Reza shrine in the city of Masshad, which is the resting place of the eighth Shia imam, Ali Al-Redha.

The foreign assailant, said to be of Uzbek descent named Abdolatif Moradi, received the death sentence by hanging at the Vakilaba prison yesterday after being charged with Moharebeh (waging war against God). Iran's Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi described it as a "terrorist attack".

The attack came days after two Sunni clerics were shot dead outside a seminary in the northern town of Gonbad-e Kavus.

READ: One Iran cleric dead, two wounded in stabbing attack at holy shrine

Moradi, who was 21 at the time of the attack stabbed the three clergymen at the shrine on 5 April during the month of Ramadan. He reportedly entered the country illegally via Pakistan.

One of the clerics, Mohammad Aslani, died at the scene after being repeatedly stabbed and the second victim, Mohammad Sagedh Daraei, succumbed to his injuries despite undergoing surgery, while the third had been left disabled after the attack.

According to Iran's Tasnim News Agency, the three who were friends had been active volunteering in social and cultural activities in the city for several years.

According to a report by Amnesty International, China and Iran are leading the way with a 20 per cent increase in executions last year. In Iran's case they have increased "five-fold rise from 2020".

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