Iran has announced the execution of a protester convicted of recent anti-government unrest. This is the first death sentence for anti-government protests.
The country’s state media reported that Mohsen Shekhari was hanged Thursday morning after a revolutionary court found him guilty of ‘enmity against God’. He was accused of being a ‘rioter’. He blocked a main road in Tehran in September and wounded a member of the paramilitary force with a knife.
Regarding his execution, a human rights activist said Shekhar was convicted after a show trial without due process.
Mahmoud Amiri-Moghaddam, director of Norway-based Iran Human Rights, tweeted that Iranian authorities would start executing protesters daily if they did not face “swift practical consequences internationally”.
A revolutionary court was told Mohsen Shekhari had blocked Tehran’s Sattar Khan Street on September 25 and attacked a member of the Basij resistance force with a knife, the Judiciary news agency Mizan reported. A volunteer paramilitary force was often deployed to quell protests.
Mizan also reported that on November 1, the court found Shekhari guilty of fighting and carrying weapons ‘with intent to kill, create terror and disturb the order and security of society’ and found him guilty of ‘enmity against God’.
He appealed against the verdict, but the Supreme Court upheld it on November 20, Mizan said.
So far, the judiciary has announced, another 10 people have been sentenced to death by revolutionary courts on charges of ‘enmity against God’ or ‘corruption of the world’ in connection with the protests. However, the identity of the accused has not been revealed.
Amnesty International said the executions were designed to ‘further suppress popular uprisings’ and ‘instill fear among the masses’. Revolutionary courts were ‘operated under the influence of security and intelligence forces to impose harsh punishments after grossly unfair trials characterized by summary and largely secret proceedings.’