Iran’s official media announced that authorities on Thursday carried out the first death sentence in three months in connection with ongoing protests in the country, to a man who was convicted of wounding a member of the Basij forces in the left shoulder with a firearm. with a knife, and the judiciary handed down several death sentences in connection with the protests, while the authorities demand more executions, and Amnesty International condemned these sentences and considered that they were carried out in the framework of “show trials aimed at intimidating participants in the popular uprising that is shaking Iran .”
The official Iranian news agency IRNA reported: “Mohsen Shakari, a rioter who crossed Sattar Khan Street (Tehran) on September 25 and stabbed a Basij member in the left shoulder, was executed on Thursday morning in the Iranian capital.”
It comes as part of a tough security campaign in the face of unrest and protests sweeping the country.
These protests, which erupted after the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini on September 16, represent one of the biggest challenges the Islamic Republic has faced since its founding in 1979. As the authorities continue to crack down on the protests, the Revolutionary Guards on Monday praised the judiciary for its firm stance and called on it to make quick decisions decisive for those accused of committing “crimes against the security of the nation and Islam.”
Judiciary spokesman Masood Staishi announced on Tuesday that death sentences had been handed down against five people accused of killing a Basij member named Ruhollah Ajamian, indicating that those sentences were still subject to appeal.