Ned Price
Ned PriceREUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/POOL/File Photo

State Department spokesperson Ned Price on Saturday condemned the latest executions of protesters in Iran, after the Islamic Republic hanged two protesters who were found guilty over their alleged involvement in the death of a paramilitary officer.

“We condemn Iran's sham trials & execution of Mohammad Mehdi Karami & Mohammad Hosseini in the strongest terms. These executions are a key component of the regime's effort to suppress protests. We continue to work with partners to pursue accountability for Iran’s brutal crackdown,” tweeted Price.

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly also condemned the executions.

“Iran must immediately end the violence against its own people. The execution of Mohammad Mahdi Karami and Seyed Mohammad Hosseini by the Iranian regime is abhorrent,” he tweeted.

“The UK is strongly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances,” added Cleverly.

Protests have gripped Iran following the September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was arrested by the morality police.

Hundreds of protesters have been killed in more than two months of nationwide unrest, including dozens of minors.

Previously, two men aged 23 were executed over the protests, and campaigners fear dozens more risk being hanged as Iran uses capital punishment as an intimidation tactic in a bid to quell the protests.

Last week, Iranian writer and painter Mehdi Bahman was reportedly sentenced to death after taking part in the anti-government protests and giving an interview to Israel’s Channel 12 News.

The reports indicated that Bahman was charged with and convicted of espionage over the interview with Israeli television.