Iran has announced what is the first publicly known execution of a person convicted for an alleged crime stemming from the country’s ongoing protests, APA reports citing Aljazeera.
The man executed was identified on Thursday by the official news website of the Iranian judiciary as Mohsen Shekari.
He was convicted of “waging war against God” for allegedly attacking a security officer with a knife and closing off a street in Tehran.
Demonstrating the speed with which Iranian authorities have vowed to prosecute cases linked with “riots” – as they often describe incidents related to the protests – the judiciary said there was just over a month between the man’s first court session and his execution.
The 23-year-old Shekari was arrested on September 25, just over a week after protests erupted across Iran following the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who had been detained by the country’s morality police for allegedly not adhering to Iran’s mandatory dress code for women.
Shekari received his preliminary death sentence on November 20, and it was carried out on Thursday morning shortly after being upheld by the country’s Supreme Court.