Iran announces first execution over recent anti-govt unrest

Story by  ATV | Posted by  Nakul Shivani • 1 Months ago
Iran announced the first execution of a protestor of recent anti-government protests

Tehran

Iran on Thursday announced the first execution of a protester convicted over the recent anti-government unrest.

Mohsen Shekari was hanged on Thursday morning after being found guilty by a Revolutionary Court of "enmity against God", news reports quoted a state media report as saying.

He was accused of being a "rioter" who blocked a main road in Tehran on September 25 and injured a member of the paramilitary Basij force with a knife.

An activist said he was convicted after a "show trial without any due process".

Iran's judiciary has so far announced that 11 people have been sentenced to death in connection with the protests that began in mid-September after the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was detained by morality police for allegedly wearing her hijab, or headscarf, "improperly".

The women-led protests have spread to 160 cities in all 31 of the country's provinces and are seen as one of the most serious challenges to the Islamic Republic since the 1979 Revolution.

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So far, at least 475 protesters have been killed and 18,240 have been detained, according to the Human Rights Activists' News Agency (HRANA).