Iran executes second prisoner for protest crime

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Iran said on Monday it executed its second prisoner held amid nationwide protests now challenging the country’s theocracy.

Iran’s Mizan news agency, under the country’s judicial authority, identified the executed man as Majidreza Rahnavard. He had been found guilty of stabbing to death two members of the security forces on November 17 in Mashhad and wounding four others.

Iran executed the first prisoner held amid protests on Thursday.

The protests have extended to one of the most serious 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.

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