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Iran’s Killer Judges, Responsible for Murder and Forced Disappearance of Political Prisoners


In the world of Iran’s criminal officials, people like Afshin Mohammadi Darreh Shouri are committing more crimes in dirty competition to reach higher levels and gain more power and wealth.

Afshin Mohammadi Darreh Shouri, an infamous human rights violator, who has bestowed on himself the title of a doctor, an event that has become a ridicule common act in Iran’s ruling class, by many officials while having even not a diploma or university educations, is the person who has approved and finally signed the court verdict for Navid Afkari’s execution. He had also threatened political prisoner Shahin Nasseri with death many times.

He is currently the Deputy Prosecutor of Shiraz. Confirmation and signature of investigator Afshin Mohammadi Darreh Shouri in the final order of Branch 10 of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Criminal Affairs and Security Crimes in Shiraz, eventually led to the issuance of the second death sentence for Navid Afkari by Judge Mahmoud Sadati.

Mohammadi Darreh Shouri has been involved in cases against political and security prisoners for several years as an investigator in Branch 10 of the Special Court for Criminal Affairs and Security Crimes in Shiraz.

Due to these services in favor of the regime’s human rights violations, in mid-July of 2021, he was appointed as the Deputy Prosecutor of Shiraz.

Mohammadi Darreh Shouri is the same person who repeatedly threatened Shahin Naseri with death and threatened to kill him personally. Dissidents believe he is responsible for the ambiguous death of political prisoner Shahin Naseri.

The newly murdered prisoner, Shahin Naseri, had said: “Interrogator Afshin Mohammadi asked me, what did you see in the police station, that you want to testify here? ‘ I began to explain everything I had seen – the torture of Navid Afkari. The interrogator cut off my speech in a very bad tone, insulting and threatening me, and said, you are interfering in a security case, I will make life a living hell for you.”

It is because of these ‘good deeds’ to the regime that he was praised and favored by the repressive groups of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, and they wrote a letter of appreciation to him:

“Jihadi groups commanding the good and forbidding the evil of the anonymous martyrs and the custodian of the martyrs by sending and delivering letters of support to the esteemed head of the judiciary, Hojjatoleslam Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei and the director-general of justice of Fars province Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Kazem Mousavi, announced their thanks and support of the valuable actions of the anti-corruption judge, Dr. Afshin Mohammadi Darreh Shouri, the Honorable Deputy Public Prosecutor and the head of the Shiraz Criminal and Security Prosecutor’s Office and called for a decisive investigation into corruption cases without any tolerance as before.”


Shahin Naseri, a witness to the torture of Navid Afkari, Iran’s wrestling champion who was executed in Iran on September 12, 2020, died under suspicious circumstances at the Greater Tehran Penitentiary.

Shahin Naseri’s brother confirmed the news and said: “His friends told us that he was killed in solitary confinement. But no official has contacted us yet.”

A source close to Naseri’s family said: “A few days ago, coinciding with the first anniversary of the execution of Navid Afkari, he (Shahin) was transferred from the hall where he was held at the Greater Tehran Penitentiary (GTP) to an unknown location. We thought he had been transferred to a security agency because he had been repeatedly threatened by security officials to remain silent about the Afkari brothers‘ case, but a few days ago we found out that he was being held in GTP. Shahin Naseri had no underlying illness, and his abrupt death is quite suspicious.”

In October 2019, Shahin Naseri filed a signed statement with the judiciary in which he said when he was brought into the police station in Shiraz in late September 2018 (soon after Afkari’s arrest), he saw Afkari being severely beaten by two plain-clothed men with a metal bar and a baton, cursing and telling him to confess to their version of the murder of a security guard in August 2018.

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