Iran conducts first known execution over nationwide protests

9 December, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Iran government killed a man on Thursday for hurting a paramilitary officer as large-scale protests over Mahsa Amini's passing persisted in Iran.

According to reports, the Iran government killed a man on Thursday for hurting a paramilitary officer as large-scale protests over Mahsa Amini’s passing persisted in Iran.

This is the first execution connected to the demonstrations that has been made public, the Iranian media reports. The defendant, Mohsen Shekari, was found guilty of blocking a street in Tehran, Iran, while brandishing a machete to injure a security guard.

Shekari cut the security guard with a knife during a demonstration in Tehran on September 23. The security guard was a member of the Basij paramilitary organisation, a division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Earlier on October 23, Shekari received a death sentence which cited Mizan Online, a news source connected to Iran’s court.

During the widespread protests that were sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was slain after being held by the state’s morality police for allegedly failing to properly don her headscarf, many Iranians were given death-by-execution sentences.

According to Amnesty International, the Iranian government is still seeking the death penalty for at least 21 protesters as of November.

At least 333 individuals were put to death in Iran last year. The investigation also indicated that 55 executions, or 16.5%, were preceded by formal announcements.

There were 278 executions altogether that were included in the 2021 report, representing a whopping 83.5% of all executions. Further research stated at least 183 killings (or 55% of all executions) were carried out due to murder allegations.

Following the third month of anti-hijab protests, which were sparked by the murder of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was held by the police, Iran has stopped its so-called morality police, which punished women for failing to adhere to a strict clothing code.