Iran executed this Saturday two prisoners sentenced to death for the alleged murder of a security agent during the protests that have shaken the Persian country since mid-September, bringing the number of hanged protesters to four.
Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Mohammad Hosseini were executed early this morning for the murder of a basiji - an Islamic militant - in November during protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, reported the Mizan agency of the Judiciary.
Iranian authorities publicly executed a second prisoner convicted of his involvement in the protests on December 12 despite a wave of international criticism following the hanging of the first protester last week. Majid Reza Rahnavard was publicly hanged in the holy city of Mashad after he was sentenced to death for the murder of two security officers, the Judiciary's Mizan agency reported. The young man was arrested on November 19, charged on November 24, and his trial was held on November 29, the same day he was sentenced to death, after allegedly confessing to his crimes, according to Mizan.
Rahnavard's execution came four days after the first hanging of prisoner Mohsen Shekari, convicted of participating in the protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in mid-September. Shekari, 23, was executed for wounding an Islamic militant with a knife, blocking a street and creating terror in Tehran. The execution sparked a wave of international condemnation, especially from Western countries, which have called on Iran to end the hangings.