Iran executes first person sentenced to death for participating in anti-regime protests

The Iranian authorities have announced this Thursday the first execution of a prisoner sentenced to death for participating in the protests that have shaken the country since mid-September.

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08 December 2022 Thursday 02:30
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Iran executes first person sentenced to death for participating in anti-regime protests

The Iranian authorities have announced this Thursday the first execution of a prisoner sentenced to death for participating in the protests that have shaken the country since mid-September.

Mohsen Shekari was executed early this morning after he was sentenced to death on November 29 for wounding a basiji – an Islamic militant – with a knife, blocking a street and creating terror in Tehran, the Mizan agency reported. of the Judiciary.

All these crimes entailed the sentence of "war against God", which is punishable by the death penalty, as has been the case in this case.

Mizan has indicated that the executed man confessed during the trial that he had received "payments" for attacking law enforcement officers and that for this reason he stabbed the militiaman, who needed 13 stitches after the attack.

Shekari is the first protester to be executed for her participation in the protests rocking Iran since the death of Mahsa Amini in mid-September, after being arrested by the now-disbanded "morality police" for wearing the Islamic headscarf improperly.

The riots began over the death of the 22-year-old Kurdish girl, but have evolved and now the protesters are calling for the end of the Islamic Republic founded by Ayatollah Ruholá Khomeini in 1979.

The judicial authorities have so far sentenced 11 people to death for their participation in the mobilizations and an unknown number to prison terms. Amnesty International has denounced that at least 28 of the 2,000 defendants for the protests face death sentences.

In nearly three months of protests, more than 400 people have died and at least 15,000 have been detained, according to the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights.

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