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Iran carries out second execution linked to national protests | Iran

Iran says it has executed its second detained prisoner amid nationwide protests currently challenging the country’s theocracy.

On Monday, the executed man was identified as Majidreza Rahnavard by the Mizan news agency, which is run by the Iranian judiciary. He had been accused of fatally stabbing two members of the security forces on November 17 in Mashhad and wounding four others.

Last week, Iran executed the first prisoner held amid protests that have turned into one of the gravest challenges to Iran’s theocracy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Activists warn that others could also be put to death in the near future, saying a dozen people have so far been sentenced to death for their involvement in the protests.

Last week, Mohsen Shekari was hanged after being found guilty of “making war on God”. He had been accused of blocking a street and injuring a member of the pro-regime Basij militia on September 25, during the first phase of protests sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, who had been detained by the “morale” the police for dressing inappropriately.

During his trial, Shekari had not been allowed to have a lawyer of his choice and signs of torture were visible on his face, his uncle Mahmoud Shekari told the Guardian.

With Associated Press


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