The Islamic Republic of Iran publicly executed another protester on Monday. The name of the person sentenced to death is Majid Reza Rahnavard. He was found guilty of killing two members of the security forces, the country’s judiciary news agency Mizan reported.

With this, in less than a week, Iran executed the second death sentence related to anti-government protests.

“Majid Reza Rahnavard was hanged in public in (the holy Shia city) Mashhad this (Monday) morning… sentenced to death for waging ‘war against God’ after stabbing two members of the security forces to death,” Mizan reported.

Another man, Mohsen Shekhari, was hanged on Thursday after he was found guilty of stabbing a security guard and blocking a road in Tehran. The incident was widely condemned by the United States and its allies.

Rights groups said Shekhari was tortured and forced to confess.

Iranian authorities are seeking the death penalty for at least 21 people, Amnesty International said. They have been called ‘fake trials designed to intimidate participants in the popular uprising that has rocked Iran’.

Note that after the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini on September 16, nationwide protests began.

(Dhaka Times / 12 December / SAT)