An Iranian nuclear scientist detained since 2010 has been executed, his family has told the BBC. Shahram Amiri’s mother said the body of her son had been returned to their hometown with rope marks around his neck, showing that he had been hanged. Mr Amiri, who was born in 1977, went missing after taking a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2009. He surfaced in the US a year later saying he had been kidnapped and put under “intense psychological pressure to reveal sensitive information” by the CIA.
Shahram Ahmadi has been sentenced to death in Iran due to his activism as a Sunni Muslim and a Kurd. Members of ethnic or religious minorities in Iran who engage in criticism of the government are singled out by authorities for particularly harsh treatment, and there is a well-documented history of the Judiciary disproportionately meting out capital punishment to minority activists.
Rouhani may seem a moderate to the outsiders and posturing to battle extremist in his government but the fact is that since he came to power the number of executions have risen. It is obvious that while the message and posture to the outside world is one of reconciliation and normalcy of relations with the West, the Mullah regime is afraid of its own citizens and feels the need to instill fear in fear of being toppled.